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Thomas William Allies


Thomas William Allies

Thomas William Allies (12 February 1813 – 17 June 1903) was an English historical writer specializing in religious subjects. He was one of the Anglican churchmen who joined the Roman Catholic Church in the early period of the Oxford Movement.


  • Life 1
  • Works 2
  • References 3
  • Notes 4
  • External links 5


Allies was born at Midsomer Norton in Somerset and briefly educated at Bristol Grammar School[1] and then at Eton College, where he was the first winner of the Newcastle Scholarship in 1829, and at Wadham College, Oxford, of which he became a fellow in 1833.

In the later 1830s Allies became a Tractarian supporter, influenced by William Dodsworth.[2] In 1840 Bishop Blomfield of London appointed him his examining chaplain and presented him to the rectory of Launton, Oxfordshire, which he resigned in 1850 on becoming a Roman Catholic. Allies was appointed secretary to the Catholic Poor School Committee in 1853, a position which he occupied till 1890. He died in London.


His major work was The Formation of Christendom (London, 8 vols., 1865-1895). His other writings included St. Peter, His Name and His Office, as Set Forth in Holy Scripture.  (1852); The See of St. Peter.  (1850); Per Crucem ad Lucem (2 vols., 1879). They went through many editions and were translated into several languages.


  • His autobiography, A Life's Decision.  (1880);
  • The study by his daughter, Mary H. Allies, Thomas Allies, the Story of a Mind (London, 1906), which contains a full bibliography of his works.


  1. ^  "Thomas William Allies".  
  2. ^ Murphy, G. Martin. "Allies, Thomas William".   (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)

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