Alan Parsons

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Place of Birth: Willesden, Middlesex, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 20 December, 1948

*father – English, small amounts of Dutch, Lithuanian, and German
*mother – Scottish

Alan Parsons is an English audio engineer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. He is known for his work with groups such as Pink Floyd and The Beatles, and for his own band, The Alan Parsons Project.

Alan is the son of Jean Kelty (MacLeod) and Denys Alexander H. Parsons. His father was a pianist, flautist, and writer. His mother was an actress, professional folk singer, and harpist. Alan is married to Lisa, and has two children. Alan is a half-first cousin, once removed, of actor Oliver Reed.

Alan’s paternal grandfather was named Alan Leonard Romaine Parsons. Alan’s grandfather Alan was born in London, England, and was a drama critic for the Daily Mail.

Alan’s paternal grandmother was actress Viola Tree (Viola Emmie A. Beerbohm Tree, the daughter of Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree and Lady Helen Maud Holt). Viola was born in London, Middlesex, England. Alan’s great-grandfather Herbert was born as Herbert Draper Beerbohm in Kensington, London, England, and was a prominent actor and theatre manager. He was the son of Julius Ewald Edward Beerbohm, a corn merchant, and of Constantia Draper. He was a sibling of author/explorer Julius Beerbohm and author Constance Beerbohm, and a half-sibling of parodist and caricaturist Max Beerbohm. Alan’s great-great-grandfather Julius was of Dutch, Lithuanian, and German descent, and was the son of Ernst Heinrich Beerbohm, who was born in Memel, East Prussia, now Klaipėda, Lithuania, and of Henrietta Amalie Radke. Alan’s great-great-grandmother Constantia was English, the daughter of William Draper and Eliza.

Alan’s great-grandmother Helen Holt, an actress, was the daughter of William Holt.

Alan’s maternal grandfather was William Kelty MacLeod, 7th of Luskintyre (the son of Colonel William Kelty MacLeod, 6th of Luskyntire, and of Mary Bird). Alan’s great-grandfather William was born in Drogheda, Ireland, and was the son of Scottish parents, Alexander MacLeod, who was from Gordon Castle, Fochabers, Banff, Scotland, and is buried in Peshawar, India; and Agnes Duncan Kelty.

Alan’s maternal grandmother was named Mary F. Lumsden. Mary was Scottish.

Sources: Genealogies of Alan’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Alan’s mother –

Genealogy of Alan’s maternal grandfather, William Kelty MacLeod, 7th of Luskintyre (focusing on his own father’s side) –

3 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    According to various sources, Julius Ewald Edward Beerbohm was Jewish.

  2. andrew says:

    correction (typo)

    * Alan’s paternal grandfather was Alan Leonard Romaine Parsons, a drama critic for the Daily Mail. Alan was born in London, England.

  3. andrew says:

    About Beerbohm family origin, in the book “Max Beerbohm’s Mischievous Wit: A Literary Entertainment” by Jacobus Gerhardus Riewald, it’s reported that “according to an old family tradition, the name Beerbohm was originally Dutch and was spelled Beerboom”.
    And about the Lithuanian claim, there is no verified ethnic Lithuanian ancestor in any available family tree.

    If so, “possible some Lithuanian and distant Dutch” may be added to Alan’s father’s side ethnicity box. Same editing for Oliver Reed.

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