But at an early age he was attracted to the study of archaeology ; a contribution to Arch. Camb. in 1873 on ‘ Some cairns on Barry Island ’ was followed by his joining the Cambrian Archaeological Association at Carmarthen in 1875 . Thus was established a connection which was not broken until his death. He became co-editor of Arch. Camb. in Jan. 1888 and sole editor in Oct. 1891 . Archaeology now claimed him entirely; he was elected F.S.A., Scot. , in 1883 , Rhind lecturer in 1885 , editor of The Reliquary in 1893 , F.S.A. in 1896 , and Yates lecturer in University College , London , in 1898 . In addition to many articles in archaeological journals, he published the following: Early Christian Symbolism in Great Britain and Ireland ( Rhind lectures , 1887 ); The Monumental History of the Early British Church ( S.P.C.K. , 1889 ); The Early Christian Monuments of Scotland ( Edinburgh , 1903 ); Celtic Art in Pagan and Christian Times , 1904 .
In his special field, Allen became a leading authority, and Arch. Camb. benefited largely during his editorship from the study which he and Sir John Rhŷs bestowed upon the early inscribed stones of Wales . At the annual meetings he was a welcome commentator upon antiquities visited; a certain hastiness of temper was forgiven by those who knew his entire devotion to scientific archaeology. He d. unmarried in London on 5 July 1907 . A photograph forms the frontispiece to Arch. Camb. , 1908 .
Sir John Edward Lloyd, D.Litt., F.B.A., F.S.A. (1861-1947), Bangor
Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor
Published date: 1959