Rev. Hugh Allan


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The Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard 1 Apr 1882


DEATH OF THE REV. HUGH ALLAN. --- The inhabitants of this town heard with extreme sorrow of their sad loss in the death of the Rev. Hugh Allan on Sunday morning. The deceased gentleman had been rector of St. Mary's for the long period of 47 years. He died about half-past five in the morning. He was apparently in his usual health on the previous day, being out and about the town in the evening, and had performed the marriage ceremony for Mr. W. P. Giles and Miss Lucas, daughter of Mr. Joseph Lucas in the morning, as well as afterwards attending the vestry and being chosen a guardian, an office he has filled with great credit and general satisfaction to his parishioners for nearly the whole time the present Union has been formed. The deceased gentleman was in his seventy-ninth year. An inquest was held on the body by Mr. Coroner Baker on Tuesday, at the Rectory. Mr. Jesse Ferris was foreman of the jury, the others being Messrs. Winckworth, Howse, Plummer, Forrester, Sims, Keveren, Lansdown, Randall, N. J. Cuss, Simmonds, and Richard Ockwell. From the evidence of Miss Isabel Allan it appeared that deceased went to bed on Saturday, 25th March, as well as he usually was, having been ailing of late, but about midnight he was taken ill and she and her mother waited on him at intervals. He decided to have medical assistance. About five o'clock the symptoms became serious and medical aid was sent for, but before aid arrived he had expired. N. B. Langley, Esq., surgeon, said the deceased had been ailing some time, and the disease of which he died generally proved fatal after one or two attacks. The cause of death was spasms of the heart. The jury gave a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence and at the suggestion of the foreman the jury gave their fees to the Bible Society, a depot of which had for many years existed at the rectory, and of which .Mr. Allan was an ardent supporter. The funeral took place on Thursday last, and the sympathy of the inhabitants of the town with the bereaved family, and the respect to the deceased was shown by the partial closing of shops during the day, and the large congregation that filled the ancient church. The Rev. F. Rowden officiated, and the Rev. F. Dyson of Cricklade St. Sampson, the Rev. J. Veysey, of Purton, and N. B. Langley, Esq., surgeon, headed the procession; the churchwardens, Messrs. Simmonds and Ferris, being pall-bearers. Mr. Allan had been intimately connected with the charities of the town, in which he took a prominent part, till age to some extent , prevented him. He took his accustomed walks about the town and seemed in his usual spirits to the last. Not many more will be interred in St. Mary's churchyard, an order having been issued to close it at the end of the year.


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