William Allan (English politician)

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Not to be confused with William Allen (UK politician).
For other people named William Allan, see William Allan (disambiguation).
William Allan
"The Gateshead Giant". Caricature by Spy published in Vanity Fair in 1893.

Sir William Allan, DL (1837 – 28 December 1903) was a Liberal Party politician in the United Kingdom. He was Member of Parliament for Gateshead from 1893 until his death in 1903. Sir William's professional career was as a steamship engineer in the early years of construction of these vessels and his business was the Scotia engineering works in Sunderland, England. He was also involved with a sea line, the Albyn Line, which bore the beginning letters of his surname. His early life included crew experience on steamships which were at one stage gun-running to America during the American Civil War, and he wrote of a number of dangerous escapades during this time.

He was knighted in the 1902 Coronation Honours.

His son, Walter Beattie Allan, published a book which was an illustrated account of his life, for his grandchildren. William Allan published a number of books of traditional Scottish poetry.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Walter Henry James
Member of Parliament for Gateshead
Succeeded by
John Johnson