When Robert Allan was born on 10 March 1785, his father, William Allan, was 45 and his mother, Mary or marion Sharp, was 44.
Scottish and northern English: variant of Allen . This is the more common form of the name in Scotland and northern England. See also McAllen .
History: An early bearer of this surname in North America was William Allan, a British soldier who took his family to the newly founded city of Halifax, NS, Canada, in 1749. His son John (1746–1805) was a Revolutionary soldier who eventually (1783) founded the settlement of Allan's Island, Passamaquoddy Bay, ME.
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