ALLAN, George (1767-1828), of Blackwell Grange, co. Dur.
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Family and Education
b. 8 July 1767, o. surv. s. of George Allan, attorney, of Blackwell Grange by Anne, da. of James Colling Nicholson of Scruton, Yorks. educ. by Dr John Carr, Hertford; Trinity Hall, Camb. 1784; m. Temple 1785, called 1790. m. Sept. 1796, Prudence, da. of William Williams, s.p. suc. fa. 1800.
Allan practised for a while on the northern circuit, but went abroad for three or four years after quarrelling with his father, an eminent antiquary and collector. They were reconciled before Allan senior’s death in 1800, when George, who shared his literary tastes, inherited estates near Darlington worth about £5,000 a year.1
When the Whig Ralph Lambton vacated his seat for Durham in 1813 Allan, backed by the other sitting Member, the ministerialist Richard Wharton, stood for the city as an avowed opponent of the ‘dangerous and unconstitutional’ Catholic claims and of parliamentary reform, and as a supporter of the war. His only serious rival declined to go to a poll, but he was c