RICHARD ALLEINE (1611-1681), English Puritan divine, was born at Ditcheat, Somerset, where his father was rector.
He was a younger brother of William Alleine, the saintly vicar of Blandford.
Alleine continued for twenty years rector of Batcomb and was one of the two thousand ministers ejected in 1662.
JOSEPH ALLEINE (1634-1668), English Nonconformist divine, belonged to a family originally settled in Suffolk.
As early as 1430 some of them - sprung of Alan, lord of Buckenhall - settled in the neighbourhood of Calne and Devizes, whence descended the immediate ancestors of "worthy Mr Tobie Alleine of Devizes," father of Joseph, who, the fourth of a large family, was born at Devizes early in 1634.1645 is marked in the title-page of a quaint old tractate, by an eye-witness, as the year of his setting forth in the Christian race.
On the 6th of July 1653 he took the degree of B.D., and became a tutor and chaplain of Corpus Christi, preferring this to a fellowship. In 1654 he had offers of high preferment in the state, which he declined; but in 1655 George Newton, of the great church of St Mary Magdalene, Taunton, sought him for assistant and Alleine accepted the invitation.
Almost coincident with his ordination as associate pastor came his marriage with Theodosia Alleine, daughter of Richard Alleine.
Alleine was no mere scholar or divine, but a man who associated on equal terms with the founders of the Royal Society.
Alleine, with John Wesley (grandfather of the celebrated John Wesley), also ejected, then travelled about, preaching wherever opportunity was found.
See Life, edited by Baxter; Joseph Alleine: his Companions and Times, by Charles Stanford (1861); Wood's Athenae, iii.