ALLEN, William (c.1510-c.1574), of Calne, Wilts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Oct. 1553
Apr. 1554

Family and Education

b.c.1510, 1st s. of John Allen of Calne by Sybil, da. of John Michell of Calstone. m. by 1550, Mary, da. of Alexander Langford of Trowbridge, at least 3s. 2da. suc. gd.-fa. William Allen of Calne 1532.

Offices Held

Collector of subsidy, hundreds of Calne and North Damerham 1546, Chippenham 1547; of customs, Bristol 1550; servant of 1st Earl of Pembroke 1552.


Allen was a clothier who several times went to London on town business, apart from his attendance at Parliament. He may have had some connexion with the Seymours, for in 1549 he sold land to the Duke of Somerset’s steward, John Berwick, whom he succeeded as customer of Bristol. He died probably in 1574, and certainly before the second session of Parliament.

Genealogist, n.s. xi. 245; PCC 22 Thower; CPR, 1549-51, p. 59; 1553 and App. p. 346; 1555-7, p. 150; E179/239/203, 197/244; E318 box 39/2103; Wilts. Arch. Soc. recs. br. vii; C2 Eliz. A1/25.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: Roger Virgoe


  • 1. Did not serve for the full duration of the Parliament.