1734–1804

June 24, 1734, Gayle, Wensleydale, Yorkshire, England.

October 31, 1804, Gayle, Yorkshire, England.

Son of Os­wald Allen, an ancestor of Os­wald Al­len, James was educated with a view to taking Holy Orders, first with two different clergymen at different times, and then for one year at St. John’s College, Cam­bridge.

Leaving Cam­bridge in 1752, he became a follower of Ben­ja­min Ing­ham, founder of the Ing­ham­ite sect. He subsequently joined himself to the San­de­man­i­ans, and finally built a chapel on his estate at Gayle, ministering there the rest of his life.

He published a small volume, Christian Songs, with 17 hymns, and was the editor and principal contributor to the 1757 Kendal Hymn Book and the Appendix to the second edition in 1761.

  1. Glory to God on High
  2. Sweet the Moments, Rich in Blessing