John Allen M.D.
(3 February 1771 – 10 April 1843) was a prominent eighteenth and nineteenth century political and historical writer, and Master of the College of God's Gift in Dulwich (then colloquially called Dulwich College
).Brian Harrison (ed), (2004), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
, pages 309-310, (Oxford University Press)
John Allen was born at Redfoord
in the parish of Colinton
. His father, James Allen, was the owner of the small estate of Redfoord
and was a writer to the Signet
. When his father became bankrupt his mother's family and his stepfather ensured that he had a good education. In time he was apprenticed to an Edinburgh surgeon by the name of Arnot. Whilst there his companion in instruction was Professor Thomson
who would be a lifelong friend.
In 1791 he became M.D.
of the University of Edinburgh
. After achieving his M.D.
he waited for a practice in Edinburgh
and whilst doing so lectured on medical topics with students including Francis Horner
being attracted. He also translated Cuvier
's "Introduction to the Study of the Animal Economy"
He was also known for his promotion of the cause of political reform in Scotland
and had a deep knowledge of constitutional history. This led to him being one of the few to whom a plan of the Edinburgh Review
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