William de Alton

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William de Alton (born 1307)[1] was a Dominican friar from Alton, Hampshire, who lived during the reign of Edward II.[2] He is known for writing The Universality of the Pollution of Mankind by Original Sin. This tract on original sin argues that in its polluting all of mankind[2] it must also have thereby polluted the Virgin Mary, thus contradicting the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception.[3]


  1. Curtis, William (1896). A Short History and Description of the Town of Alton: In the County of Southampton. Winchester: Warren and Son. ISBN 1-104-00986-2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Samuel Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England, S. Lewis & Co., 1811, p. 43
  3. The Universal magazine, Volume 7, pub. for J. Hinton, 1750