Thomas William Allies

(1813—1903) theologian and Roman Catholic convert

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(1813–1903), theologian. From 1833 to 1841 he was a Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford. In 1842 he became Vicar of Launton, near Bicester. He became closely associated with the leaders of the Oxford Movement, esp. E. B. Pusey; but having begun to doubt the Anglican position during travels abroad in 1845 and 1847 (described in his Journal in France [1848]), he joined the RC Church after the Gorham Judgement. He was a man of wide learning, and in his later life a prominent apologist for Roman Catholicism both by lectures and writings. The latter include The See of St Peter (1850) and 8 vols. under the general title The Formation of Christendom (1865–96). From 1853 to 1890 he was secretary of the Catholic Poor Schools Committee, the RC equivalent of the National Society and the British and Foreign Schools Society.

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