James Allen

ALLEN, James. b. Gayle, Wensleydale, Yorkshire, 24 June 1734; d. Gayle, 31 October 1804. He was educated privately, and then briefly at St John’s College, Cambridge, with a view to taking Holy Orders; but he left Cambridge in 1752 to become a follower of Benjamin Ingham*, the Yorkshire evangelist. He is known to hymnody as the co-editor with Christopher Batty (1715-1797, JJ, p. 118) of the Inghamite Collection of Hymns for the Use of Those that Seek, and Those that have Redemption in the Blood of Christ (Kendal, 1757, Second Edition, with appendix, 1761), known as the ‘Kendal Hymn Book’. The preface is signed ‘I.A., C.B.’, etc. [I.A. = J.A.]. Allen was the author of ‘Glory to God on high/...

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