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Alexander Allan (1780-1854)

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Memorial at Glasgow Necropolis.

Alexander Allan (1780-1854) Ship Owner of Glasgow

1780 born at Saltcoats, Ayrshire.

He was by trade a ship carpenter, and for a time pursued his calling at sea.

At an early age he rose to the position of captain and part-owner of the craft in which he sailed.

1807 Birth of son James

1810 Birth of son Hugh

1812 Birth of son Bryce

During the Peninsular war he commanded the brig "Jean" (named after his wife, Jean Crawford), carrying cattle and other supplies to the coast of Spain for the British army. The more ordinary employment of this vessel was in the Canadian trade, then in its infancy, trading from Greenock.

c.1815 Founded Allan Line

1822 Birth of son Andrew

For greater convenience in the conduct of his shipping business, Captain Allan with his family removed to Greenock, where Alexander, the youngest of his five sons, was born in 1825.

1830 The ship "Canada," of 329 tons, was built for Captain Allan by Robert Steel and Co. of Greenock. Captain Allan himself commanded the "Canada"

Captain Allan retired from active duty, having placed his 5 sons in the main ports of the Allan Line, with James in overall charge of the business.

1851 Alexr. Allen 71, lived in Barony with Jean Allen 68 and Alexander Allen 25, ship agent[1]

1854 Died

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1851 census
  • Burke’s Family Records
  • [1] Allan family