Robert Aspland (1782-1845), father of organised Unitarianism in Great Britain, was the most widely known Unitarian minister of his day. He was amongst the most powerful and influentialsome thought domineeringof Unitarian figures.
Robert was born at Wicken, Cambridgeshire, the eldest son of Robert and Hannah (née Brook) Aspland. His father kept the village shop. The family attended the local Baptist church; his mother was the strong dissenter.
By Alan Ruston
Alan Ruston has been editor of the Transactions of the Unitarian Historical Society since 1988, and is a former president of the Society. He has had published numerous books and articles on British Unitarian history over the last thirty five years.