Robert Owen (/ˈn/; 14 Mey 1771 – 17 November 1858) wis a Welsh social reformer an ane o the foonders o utopian socialism an the cooperative muivement. He wirked in the cotton industry in Manchester afore settin up a lairge mill at New Lanrik in Scotland. In 1824, Owen travelled tae Americae tae invest the bulk o his fortune in an experimental 1,000-member colony on the banks o Indiana's Wabash River, cried New Harmony. New Harmony wis intendit tae be a Utopian society.

Robert Owen
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Owen, aged aboot 50
Born14 Mey 1771(1771-05-14)
Newtown, Montgomeryshire, Wales
Died17 November 1858(1858-11-17) (aged 87)
Newtown, Montgomeryshire, Wales
ThriftCo-operator; social reformer, factory awner; inventor
Hauf-marrae(s)Caroline Dale
ChilderJackson Dale (1799)
Robert Dale (1801)
William (1802)
Anne Caroline (1805)
Jane Dale (1805)
David Dale (1807)
Richard Dale (1809)
Mary Dale/Owen (1810)
ParentsRobert Owen an Anne Williams[1]


  1. "Robert Owen." Encyclopaedia Britannica. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online Academic Edition. Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2014. Web. 9 January 2014.