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Colonel John Allan M.P., J.P. (January 3, 1747–February 7, 1805) a Canadian politician who became an officer with the Massachusetts Militia in the American Revolutionary War.

Born in Edinburgh Castle in Scotland, the son of Major William Allan (1720-1790), 'a Scottish gentleman of means and an officer in the British Army', by his wife Isabella, daughter of Sir Eustace Maxwell. The Allan family temporarily resided in Edinburgh Castle where they had sought refuge during the Jacobite Rising of 1745, under the Deputy Governor, General George Preston, Commander-in-Chief of Scotland. In 1749 his father arrived in the City of Halifax, Nova Scotia, in a military capacity, where the family remained for ten years before moving to Fort Lawrence.

At Halifax, John Allan became a justice of the peace and clerk of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court. He also represented Cumberland township in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1775 to 1776.

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