John Allen (religious writer)

John Allen (1771–1839) was an English dissenting layman and religious writer.

Allen was born at Truro in 1771, educated there by Dr. Cardue, and afterwards kept an academy, the Madras House grammar school, for thirty years at Hackney, where he died on 17 June 1839.[1]

His major work, first published in 1816, was Modern Judaism; or a Brief Account of the Opinions, Traditions, Rites, and Ceremonies of the Jews in Modern Times (i.e. since the Christian era). It was reprinted in 1830. He also published:

  • an anonymous volume called The Fathers, the Reformers, and the Public Formularies of the Church of England in Harmony with Calvin and against the Bishop of Lincoln (1812);
  • Memoirs of Major-General Burn, 1815, on Andrew Burn;
  • a translation of Calvin's Institutes;
  • some sermons of Danirel de Superville, 1816; and
  • Two Dissertations on Sacrifices from the Latin of William Owtram.[1]


  1. Anonymous (1885). "Allen, John (1771–1839), dissenting layman". Dictionary of National Biography Vol. I. Smith, Elder & Co. Retrieved 26 June 2009. The first edition of this text is available at Wikisource: "Allen, John (1771-1839)" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.


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