- Gordon Goodwin
- , revised by Anita McConnell
Cockerill, William (1759–1832), inventor, was born in Lancashire, of unknown parentage, and began life by making ‘roving billies’, and flying shuttles. He was gifted, however, with an extraordinary mechanical genius, and could make with his own hands models of almost any machine. Although the identity of his wife remains unknown, he was probably married by the time he went to ...