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Lord Stanley the first Muslim Lord

In 1862, Henry Edward John Stanley (11 July 1827 – 10 December 1903), converted to Islam. In 1869 he inherited hereditary titles upon the death of his father, Edward John Stanley, 2nd Baron Stanley of Alderley, becoming Henry Edward John Stanley, 3rd Baron Stanley of Alderley and 2nd Baron of Eddisbury, and the first Muslim member of the House of Lords.

As alcohol is forbidden in Islam, he apparently ordered the closure of all public houses on his estate in Nether Alderley, south of Alderley Edge (then named Chorley).

Despite his new faith, he funded the restoration on Anglesey of St Mary’s Church, Bodewryd, Llanbadrig Church in Cemaes, St Dona’s Church, Llanddona and St Peirio’s Church, Rhosbeirio.

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