Edmund Allen (priest)

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Edmund Allen
Bishop of Rochester
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Rochester
Elected 1559
Installed never
Term ended 1559 (death)
Predecessor Maurice Griffith
Successor Edmund Gheast
Personal details
Born c. 1519
Norfolk, England
Died 1559
Buried 30 August 1559, St Thomas Apostle, London
Nationality English
Denomination Anglican
Alma mater Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

Edmund Allen (or Edmond, or Alen, or Edmonde Aellen; c. 1519 – 1559) was an English clergyman and scholar.

A native of Norfolk, England, Allen was elected fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in 1536.[1] He became steward of Corpus in 1539, and not long after obtained leave of the society to go and study abroad. He became, according to John Strype, a great proficient in the Ancient Greek and Latin tongues, an eminent divine, and a learned minister of the gospel. He was in exile during the reign of Mary I; but Elizabeth I, on coming to the crown, appointed him one of her chaplains, gave him a commission to act under her as an ambassador, and promoted him to the see of Rochester, which however he did not live to fill. It is said he was buried in the church of St. Thomas Apostle, in London, 30 August 1559.

He translated into English De Authoritate Verbi Dei by Alexander Ales and in 1543 works of Philip Melanchthon while he was abroad. He also wrote A Christian Introduction for Youth.


  1. ^ "Allen, Edmund (ALN534E)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  • Rose, Hugh James (1857). "Allen, Edmund". A New General Biographical Dictionary. London: B. Fellowes et al.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Maurice Griffith
Bishop of Rochester
Succeeded by
Edmund Gheast

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