Add announcing Grant Allen's lecture seriess

The Gleaner, July 6 1876 commenting on his style as a lecturer

Grant Allen's illegitimate child?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"The entertainment in aid of the Parish Church fund took place, before a large appreciative audience on Monday night last. The first part of the programme consisted of a Glee and Duet and a Solo, each of which was so well executed as to call forth the warm approbation of the audience.

The second and chief part of the program me was the Lecture on the Black Death and Watt Tyler's Rebellion, by Professor Grant Allen. On setting out, the learned Lecturer said that Watt Tyler's rebellion was to England what Emancipation was to Jamaica : and this he proceeded to prove in a most lucid and interesting manner- though from a radical point of view. Professor Grant Allen belongs to a class of exponents of History peculiar to the nineteenth century, whose object seems to he to reverse accepted opinions, defending , and even admiring the conduct of such characters as New Land and the Bloody Mary; at the same time condemning as worthless and corrupt the noble institution of chivalry, and attempting to make us believe that the Black Prince, to use plain language, was a very worthless character!

It would be absurd to fancy that any but a very few, and they too of a class who delight in appearing eccentric, would believe that names like Crecy and Poictiers, names, which, to this day, act like a magic spell on every true Englishman, were but tournaments on a large scale, merely for the amusements of kings and princes. No. All such attempts to pervert history will fail, and although we are very confident that there are very few who adopt Professor Grant Allen's way of thinking, yet we feel it our duty to check, in however small degree, these misleading attempts. If we are not to be guided by authorized Grammars, Dictionaries and Histories, we would like from what are the sources from which Professor Grant Allen draws his eccentric comic flashes of fancy and rare historical fact!

The third part of the programme consisted of some fine glees and solos, after which his lordship the bishop lent thanks to the lecturer and the other
amateurs who had kindly lent their valuable assistance."

 

Grant Allen's pay became a topic on the death of his friend William Chadwick

Did Allen return later to Jamaica

Allen's biographer, Peter Morton, informs me that this information, although featured in The Gleaner in December 1922, may be in error. According to him Allen never returned to Jamaica. A contemporary writer in the Gleaner also doubts the truthfulness of the account.