John Towers Allen 1744-1788

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John Towers ALLEN 1744-1788

Allen's bookplate (British Museum Franks Collection 379)

Biographical Note

Born at Terrington, Norfolk, son of John Allen, gentleman. BA St John's College, Cambridge 1766, MA 1769; curate of Wiggenhall, Norfolk 1777, rector of Barwick St Mary 1783.


Allen used an engraved armorial bookplate, showing the arms of Towers (rather than Allen; Franks 379). The extent and disposition of his library are not known.


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  • Venn, J. & J. A. Alumni Cantabrigienses. Cambridge, 1922.