Allan of Blackwell
ALLAN, ROBERT-HENRY, Esq. of Blackwell Grange, and Blackwell Hall, co. Durham, and of Barton, co. York, F.S.A., D.L., high-sheriff of the co. of Durham in 1851, and a justice of the peace for the county of Durham and North Riding of the county of York; b. 22 Jan. 1802; m. 14 July, 1841, Elizabeth, dau. of John Gregson, Esq. of Murton and Burdon, co. Durham, by Elizabeth, dau. and heiress of Lancelot Allgood, Esq., and had one son,
Robert-Killinghall, b. 25 Dec. 1842; d. 25, and buried in Bishop Wearmouth church, 28 Sept. 1843.
Lineage.-This is a branch of the ancient family of ALLAN of Buckenhall and Brockhouse, in the co. of Stafford, whose descent is deduced in an unbroken line from Henry Allan, or Alleyne, Lord of Buckenhall, in 1290.
GEORGE ALLAN, Esq. of Yarm, in Yorkshire, living in 1630. (son of George Allan, "who went to settle in the county of Durham," and who was 2nd son of William Allan, Esq. of Brockhouse, who d. 2 July, 1589,) m. a dau. of - Clifton, and had (with other children, who d. s. p.)
I.THOMAS(eldest son), b. in 1651, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, who amassed a large fortune in the collieries, and purchased estates, a part of which still retains the name of Allan's Flatts, near Chester-le-Street. He left four sons, 1 John, d. unm.; 2 George, of Newcastle-on-Tyne, d. 1729, leaving four daus., his co-heirs ; 3 Lionel, of Rotterdam, who m. a sister to Camilla, Countess of Tankerville; and 4 Thomas, of Allan Flatts, d 1740, leaving a son, Thomas, who d. unm., and four daus., co-heirs-viz., Susan, m. to Ralph Jennison, Esq, M.P., of Walworth Castle, co. Durham, Master of the Stag-hounds to GEORGE II. ; Margaret, m. to Jennison Shafto, Esq. M P., of Wratting Park. co. Cambridge; Dorothy, m. to James Garland, Esq , of Michael Stow Hall, co. Essex: and Camilla, Who m. in 1752, Robert Shatto, Esq. of Benwell, and was mother of a dau., Camilla, heiress to her brother, m. to William Adair, Esq, father of the present Sir Robert Shatto Adair, Bart.
II. John. bapt, 18 June, 1653, whose only dau. and heir m. Mr. Swainston.
III. Henry, bapt, 6 Nov. 1665, who m. twice: by his first wife he had an only dau. m to Capt. Mewse, and by his second, another dau. m. to Wm. Francis, Esq of London.
IV. George (sixth son) b. in 1663, who making a large fortune by government contracts, built Blackwell Grange, "a handsome, spacious mansion," in 1710, and purchased estates. He d. in 1744. His granddau., Anne Allan, who eventually became sole heiress, d. universally lamented, in Oct. 1785, and devised all her estates in Durham and Yorkshire to her cousin and nearest male relation of her name, James Allan, Esq, of Darlington.
V. Robert (seventh son), who d. at Antigua, leaving an only dau. and heiress, Elizabeth, who m. John Burke, Esq.
VI. NICHOLAS (eighth son), of whom presently.
The eighth son of George Allan, of Yarm,
NICHOLAS ALLAN, Esq. of Staindrop, co. Durham, b. in 1668; m. in 1691, Elizabeth, only dau. of William Sober, Esq. of Cockerton, co. Durham, and had fifteen children, who all d. unm. except the youngest son,
JAMES ALLAN, Esq. of Blackwell Grange, upon whom the family estates eventually devolved. He was b. 23 Oct. 1712, and m. 18 Nov. 1734, Elizabeth, dau. of William Pemberton, Esq. (see BURKE'S Royal Families), by Elizabeth, dau. of John Killinghall, Esq. of Middleton St. George, in the co. Durham. Mr. Allan d. in 1790, and left issue,
I. GEORGE, his successor.
II . James, d. unm. 26 Sept. 1800.
III. Robert, of Sunniside, co. Durham; lord of the manor of Barton, co. York, m. Elizabeth, dau. and co-heir (with her sister Mary, wife of William Russell; Esq., of Brancepeth Castle) of Robert Hamson, Esq. a wealthy merchant at Sunderland, and dying 28 March, 1806, left issue,
1 ROBERT, of Newbottle, co. Durham, b. 10 April, 1769, who m. 20 Dec 1792, Hannah (who d. 9 Jan. 1837, aged 70), dau. of William Havelock, Esq. of Sunderland, and sister of William Havelock, Esq , late of Ingress Park, Kent (father of the renowned commander, Sir Henry Havelock), and left at his demise, 27 Dec 1813,
WILLIAM, who s. to Blackwell Grange at the demise of his relative, Geo. Allan, Esq., 21 July, 1828.
ROBERT-HENRY, F.S.A., PRESENT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE FAMILY.
John, of Dalton-upon-Tees, co. York, b. 25 June, 1803, m. Elizabeth, dau. of Mr. Jeffries, and d. s. p. 25 March. 1844.
George-Thomas, of Eryholme, co. York, D.L. for co. Durham, b. 11 Oct. 1804, m. 11 Oct. 1843, Maria, dau. of the Rev. Thomas Ramshay, vicar of Brampton.
James, b. 2 Dec. 1807; d. unm. 26 March, 1833.
Elizabeth-Anne, m. 21 May, 1832, to Benjamin Dunn, Esq., of Hurworth, co. Durham; and d. 26 Dec. 1854.
Joanna-Mary, m. 22 Sept. 1836, Edward-Haygarth Maling, Esq., and has one son and one dau. She d. 6 Jan. 1857.
Mary-Emma, m. 10 July, 1837, to William Wheatley, Esq, who d. s. p. 30 Sept. 1850. She m. 2ndly, 30 March, 1853, to the Rev. Arthur Rudd.
Caroline-Jane, m. 1st, 28 Sept. 1831, to William-Hunter Burne, Esq., and by him, who d. 8 July, 1844, has a son, Freville-Lambton. She m. 2ndly, 23 Oct. 1845, John Murray, Esq, and d. 30 Nov. 1849.
2 JOHN, of Blackwell, co Durham, M.A., J.P., for that shire, and for the North Riding of York, b. 29 Aug. 1778, d. unm. 4 Sept. 1844.
1 Elizabeth, m. to John Maling, Esq., of Hylton, co. Durham; and d. in 1810.
2 Anne, d. unm. in 1807.
3 Mary, m. 13 June, 1802, to John-Henry Johnson, Esq., a capt. in the North York militia.
The eldest son,
GEORGE ALLAN, Esq. of Blackwell Grange, F.S.A., who is designated in Sir John Prestwick's Republica, as "a learned, studious, and careful preserver of English antiquities, and a favourer of literature;" and by Mr. Surtees, as "an eminent antiquary and collector," was b. 7 June, 1736. He m. 18 Sept. 1766, Anne, only dau. and heir of James Colling Nicholson, Esq. of Scruton, co. York, and had,
GEORGE, his successor.
James, b. 27 Feb. 1772, capt. 29th regt. of foot ; d. 28 May, 1795
Anne, m. to John Wright, Esq., of Bolton-on-Swale, co. York, and d. in 1797.
Elizabeth, m. in Nov. 1791, to Seymour Hodgson, Esq. of Richmond, co. York.
Hannah, d. young.
Dorothy, d. unm. 18 Sept. 1821.
Mr. Allan d. 11 May, 1800, and was s. by his elder son,
GEORGE ALLAN, Esq. of Blackwell Grange, M.A., F.S A., M.P. for Durham, a gentleman not more distinguished for his literary talents than for an elegant, accomplished, and generous mind. He m. Prudence, dau. of William Williams, Esq., but had no issue. Mr. Allan, who d. s. p. at St. Omer, in France, 21 July, 1828, was s. by his relative,
WILLIAM ALLAN, Esq. of Blackwell Grange, J.P., b. 21 May, 1796, who d. unm. 12 Nov. 1854, and was s. by his brother, the present ROBERT-HENRY ALLAN, Esq. of Blackwell Grange and Blackwell Hall.
Arms-Sa., a cross potent, quarter pierced, or, charged with four guttes de sang, in chief two lions' heads, erased, of the second, all within a bordure engrailed, erminois; quartering PEMBERTON, HINDMARSH, KILLINGHALL, HERDEWYK, LAMBTON, and DODSWORTH.
Crest-A demi-lion, rampant, arg., ducally crowned, gu., holding in the dexter paw a cross potent, or, and supporting with the sinister paw a rudder of the second.
Motto-Fortiter gerit crucem.
Seats-Blackwell Grange and Blackwell Hall, co. Durham.
a.k.a. Burke's Landed Gentry, 1862