Lady Evelyn Cobbold

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Lady Evelyn Cobbold
Born Evelyn Murray
1867
Edinburgh
Died 1963 (aged 97–98)
Nationality British
Known for First British-born Muslim woman to perform the Hajj pilgrimage
Title Lady
Religion Islam
Spouse(s) John Dupuis Cobbold (m. 1891–1922)
Children 3
Parents Charles Adolphus Murray
Lady Gertrude Coke

Zainab Cobbold (born Evelyn Murray, later Cobbold) (1867 - January 1963) was a Scottish noblewoman and convert to Islam. Born in Edinburgh in 1867,[1] she was the eldest daughter of Charles Adolphus Murray,[2] 7th Earl of Dunmore and Lady Gertrude Coke, daughter of the Second Earl of Leicester.[3]

Evelyn achieved celebrity at age 65, in 1933, when she became the first British-born Muslim woman to perform the pilgrimage to Mecca.[3][4] In 1934, a personal account of her trip was published entitled Pilgrimage to Mecca. An excerpt from her work can be found in Michael Wolfe's book One Thousand Roads to Mecca.

References[edit]

  1. ^ William Facey, Miranda Taylor, Introduction to 'Pilgrimage to Mecca', p 2. ISBN 9780955889431
  2. ^ William Facey, Miranda Taylor, Introduction to 'Pilgrimage to Mecca', p 3. ISBN 9780955889431
  3. ^ a b Facey, William (2008). "Mayfair to Makkah", Saudi Aramco World, Vol. 59, No. 5, pages 18-23.
  4. ^ William Facey, Miranda Taylor, Introduction to 'Pilgrimage to Mecca', p 32. ISBN 9780955889431

Further Reading[edit]

Clive Hodges: Cobbold & Kin: Life Stories from an East Anglian Family (Woodbridge, Boydell Press, 2014) ISBN. 9781843839545