1816, Kirkby Lonsdale, Westmoreland, Cumbria, England.
October 2, 1878, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, England.
Allen was educated in Kirkby Lonsdale. After living for a while in Glasgow, he returned to Kirkby Lonsdale and worked at the local bank. He published 148 hymns in Hymns of the Christian Life (London: Nisbet, 1861).