Robert Aspland was born in Wicken, Cambridgeshire on 13 January 1782 and died in London on 30 December 1845. Destined for the ministry, he was educated at Bristol Baptist College (1798–1800) under John Ryland, and at Marischal College, Aberdeen, where he forsook the Calvinism in which he had been reared for Arianism, only to proceed to the religion of the simple humanity of Christ (Unitarianism) in 1802. He ministered at Newport, Isle of Wight (1801–1805), and at the Gravel Pit Chapel, Hackney (1805–45). He edited the Monthly Repository among other Unitarian periodicals, and was active in numerous organizations. In 1813 he established Hackney Academy and was involved in the training of Unitarian ministers there until his health deteriorated and the academy closed.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.