Lives of the fellows

Joseph Allen

b.1713 d.10 January 1796
MD St Andrew's(1754) LRCP(1765)

Joseph Allen, M.D., was born in Ireland, and bred a surgeon, in which capacity he accompanied lord Anson in his celebrated voyage round the globe. On his return to England he was chosen master of Dulwich college. He obtained the degree of doctor of medicine from the university of St. Andrew’s 23rd April, 1754; and was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 30th September, 1765. Dr. Allen retained his mastership of Dulwich college for thirty years, and then vacated it by marriage. He died, after a few days’ illness, on the 10th January, 1796, being then in his eighty-third year, and, as was believed, the last survivor of those who accompanied Lord Anson. " His conduct in public and private life was most exemplary; he was charitable, just and liberal, full of information, friendship, and benevolence; and by his will, dated 12th November, 1793, bequeathed 500l. to the Asylum; 500l. to the Lying-in hospital, and 200l, to the vicar and churchwardens of Camberwell, the interest on which was to be laid out in coals and distributed annually among the poor housekeepers of Dulwich for ever." Dr. Allen’s portrait, by G. Romney, was engraved by C. Townley.

William Munk

(Volume II, page 272)

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