Robert Owen was born in Newtown, a small market town in Montgomeryshire, Mid Wales. Here young Owen received almost all his school education, which ended at the age of ten. From a very early age Robert Owen was a great reader of books often sourced by borrowing from educated people in the town. His abilities were such that at age seven he was entrusted with a role as "usher" (assistant master) in the local school. He also excelled at sports and took an interest in music.