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  • ID: I7773
  • Name: James Alen
  • Sex: M
  • Residence: St Wolstan?s, Celbridge, Kildare
  • LVG: 1646. 1661 1
  • Note: 1

    1661: James Allen [sic] Esq of St Wolstones [Wolstan?s] petitioned King Charles II asserting that he is rightly intrusted [sic] in and restorable to all the estate of his grandfather, John Allen, of St Wolston?s, co Kildare, other than what has been secured by the late Sir Thos Allen for the jointure of his relict [ie, part of his estate settled on his widow for her life] and other particular uses, whereof he is rightly intrusted also. Petitioner was always loyal, adhered to the peaces of 1646 and 1648, and served under the Duke of Ormond in the siege of Dublin. He entered this claim in the court of Claims in Dublin, but before it could be heard the Earl of Mount Alexander secured a grant of the estate by the pretence of an outlawry had against Thos and John Allen. If this outlawry could bar petitioner?s right, it is rendered immaterial by the concessions contained in the peace of 1648; but the truth is that, long before the rebellion in Ireland, about 1642, all the said estate was conveyed to feoffees in trust, among other uses to the use of Sir Thos Allen and the heir male of his body with other remainders over, and, among other remainders, to Nicholas Allen, petitioner?s father, and the heirs male of his body. Nicholas died long before the war, leaving petitioner of tender age. As the other remainders have determined, petitioner claims the estate. He prayed that the grant may be stopped and evacuated and that he be restored. An Order, dated 20/11/1661, referred the petition to the Commissioners for claims. If the petitioner can prove to them that he and those whom he claims be innocent, he shall be restored. [RP Mahaffy (ed), Calendar of State papers relating to Ireland, 1660-1662, London, 1905, c20/11/1661, p470.]
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    1662: Charles II wrote to the Lord Lieutenant noting that his Bill for the settlement of Ireland provided a clause for the granting of St Wolstan?s etc, now with Lady Allen and the remainder to Robert, John, William and James Allen, to the Earl of Mount Alexander, of, on enquiry, they shall be found to be forfeited. Alexander is to get them at the Leinster adventurers? rate of rent for ever (incl. his heirs). As soon as the Act passes the Lord Lieutenant is to make the grant of the premises without any provision for revocation. [RP Mahaffy (ed), Calendar of State papers relating to Ireland, 1660-1662, London, 1905, 7/7/1662, p572.]
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    1662: Lord Chancellor Eustace wrote to Secretary Bennet about the provision of the Act of Settlement to restore St Wolston?s estate of 500 to Allen, but the Earl of Mt Alexander has procured a grant of the estate from the King, and the grant has got as far as the Great Seal of Ireland. The Chancellor stopped it there pending the settlement of Allen?s claim. Allen is believed and known to be an innocent person, and his estate should not be given away before his trial takes place. If he should prove innocent, the King would regret his decision. If guilty, the grant to Alexander can easily be confirmed. [RP Mahaffy (ed), Calendar of State papers relating to Ireland, 1660-1662, London, 1905, 8/11/1662, p613.]
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    1662: Lord Berkeley to Secretary Bennet: It turns out that the estate of St Wolstan?s is not small and the owner, Allen, has not been disloyal, nor his predecessors either. The Lord Chancellor has stopped the grant to the Earl of Mt Alexander. It should be withdrawn. [RP Mahaffy (ed), Calendar of State papers relating to Ireland, 1660-1662, London, 1905, 8/11/1662, p614.]
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    1663: Charles II wrote to the Lord Lieutenant directing specific compensation to the Earl of Mt Alexander, since he didn?t get his grant of St Wolstan?s. James Allen, son to Nicholas Allen, who was brother to Sir Thos Allen, deceased, was found innocent and hand his lands restored. [RP Mahaffy (ed), Calendar of State papers relating to Ireland, 1663-1665, London, 1907, 18/7/1663, p317.]
  • _UID: CB99A26C47DD4D56A3138CC0254311641862
  • Change Date: 19 APR 2010



    Father: Nicholas Alen
    Mother: Aminet Barnewall

    Marriage 1 Anne Dillon
    • Married:
    Children
    1. Has Children Patrick Alen

    Sources:
    1. Text: Co. Kildare Online Electronic History Journal
      http://www.kildare.ie/ehistory/
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