Robert Reschid Stanley 1818- 1911- Victorian Muslim Convert

From 08 January 2020 19:00 until 08 January 2020 21:00
Posted by Gay J OLIVER
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- I have now confirmed our speaker, but we need to start our meeting as soon after 7.00pm, since she needs to drive back to Huddersfield after the meeting. I suggest we move our refreshments until after the talk. My niece, Christina Longden, is coming to talk about our Ancestor Robert Reschid Stanley. She has built upon our family research and written two books about him. "Robert Stanley was a respectable northern working class Victorian man who converted to Islam, but his family managed to keep this secret for nearly a century. Robert grew up in the cradle of the Industrial Revolution and was part of Ashton-under-Lyne's Christian Israelite Sect. Self educated this grocer and tea trader made it his mission to help working men bribed by rich factory owners during elections. He rose to become one of Britain's first working class magistrates and mayors witnessing first hand some of the most violent riots, radicalism and progressive reforms of the Victorian era."