Meet Robert Allan

January 25th, 2011 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest

Robert Allan, company founder, circa 1860.

This is a hand-painted photo of the company founder and Bible publisher Robert Allan. It was taken around the time that R.L.Allan & Son was first  established in 1863. He used such photographs as visiting cards, as was the custom at the time.

As well as Bibles, Mr Allan published the works of John Nelson Darby, the Father of Dispensationalism, and other Victorian religious writers. Darby produced his own Bible translation in the late 19th Century which is still in print today, but not available  from Allan’s.
In the photo it looks as if Mr Allan was working on the prototype Atlantic blue Longprimer!  He has wonderful mutton chop whiskers which were fashionable in the 1860s.

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