Peter John Allan
|Peter John Allan|
June 6, 1825|
|Died||October 21, 1848
Fredericton, New Brunswick
|Alma mater||King's College, Nova Scotia|
Peter John Allan (June 6, 1825 – October 21, 1848) was a Canadian poet.
He was born at York, the son of Dr. Colin Allan, at one time chief medical officer of Halifax, Nova Scotia. His short life was mainly spent there and at Fredericton in New Brunswick, where his family moved on his father's retirement in 1836.
For a time Allan studied law, but after the success of some published poems began to write full-time. Before his first book of verse was printed, he went down with fever, and died, after a brief illness, at the age of 23.
More than four years after Allan's death was published in London the Poetical Remains of Peter John Allan, Esq. (1853) with a biographical notice, edited by Henry Christmas. The memoir was by the poet's brother, James McGrigor Allan. Allan wrote mainly under Lord Byron's influence.