name = William Cookworthy
caption = William Cookworthy
12 April, 1705
17 October, 1780
William Cookworthy (
12 April, 1705– 17 October, 1780) was an English QuakerMinister, a successful Pharmacistand an innovator in several fields of technology.
Parents, birth, siblings and early life
He was born of Quaker parents in
Kingsbridge, Devonon 12 April 1705. His father, also called William, was a weaver and his mother was Edith, the daughter of John and Margaret Debell of St Martins by Looein Cornwall. They had married in 1704. Their children were:
* William - 1704
* Sarah - 1706
* Jacob - 1709
* Susannah - 1711
* Mary - 1714
* Philip - 1716
* Benjamin - 1717William was a bright child but his education was halted when his father died on
22 October 1718and the family's investment in the South Sea Companyfailed in the autumn of 1720.
William had been offered an apprenticeship, at no cost, by the Bevan Brothers, two Quaker apothecaries, with a successful business in London [Silvanus and Timothy Bevan] . As the family had no spare money, William walked to London to take up the offer and, eventually, successfully completed the apprenticeship.
The Bevans set him up in business in Plymouth, where he was extremely successful. He brought his brothers Philip and Benjamin into the partnership. He bought out the Bevans' interest in 1745.
In 1835, he married Sarah Berry, a Quaker from Wellington in Somerset.They had five daughters:
* Lydia - 1736
* Sarah - 1738
* Mary - 1740
* Elizabeth & Susannah (twins) - 1743
He discovered china clay in Cornwall and devised a way of making
porcelain, which previously was imported from China.
He was also an associate of
John Smeaton, who lodged at his house when he was engaged in building the third Eddystone Lighthouse(1756-1759). Cookworthy helped Smeaton with the development of hydraulic lime, which was essential to the successful building of the lighthouseFact|date=March 2008.
He advised naval officers that
scurveymight be prevented and treated by supplying crews with fresh fruit and vegetables, and in their absence, sauerkraut(rich in vitamin c).
In 1767 Cookworthy, in conjunction with Rev Thomas Hartley, translated
Emanuel Swedenborg's theological works, "The Doctrine of Life", "Treatise on Influx", and "Heaven and Hell", from Latin into English.
His initial reaction to Swedenborg's works was one of disgust, but with persistence, he was convinced of their merits and was a persuasive advocate. Hartley and Cookworthy later visited Swedenborg at his lodgings in Clerkenwell shortly before Swedenborg's death.
In 1768 he founded a works at
Plymouthfor the production of Plymouth Porcelain[ [http://www.kalendar.demon.co.uk/cookworthy.htm Three Centuries of Ceramic Art in Bristol - The Story of Bristol Pottery and Porcelain: William Cookworthy] (accessed 8 March 2008)] .
title=William Cookworthy, the Bristol connection.
title=William Cookworthy, an 18th century polymath.
*"Early New Church Worthies" by the Rev Dr Jonathon Bayley
*"Cookworthy's Plymouth and Bristol Porcelain" by F.Severne Mackenna(1947) published by F.Lewis
*"William Cookworthy 1705-1780: a study of the pioneer of true porcelain manufacture in England" by John Penderill-Church, Truro, Bradford Barton (1972).
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
William Cookworthy — (* 12. April 1705 in Kingsbridge, Devon, England; † 17. Oktober 1780 in Plymouth) war ein englischer Apotheker, Chemiker und Erfinder. Er gilt als Pionier sowohl der Kaolin Industrie in Cornwall und Devon als auch der … Deutsch Wikipedia
Cookworthy, William — SUBJECT AREA: Domestic appliances and interiors [br] b. 1705 Kings bridge, Devon, England d. 16 October 1780 Plymouth, England [br] English pioneer of porcelain manufacture in England. [br] The family fortunes having been extinguished by the… … Biographical history of technology
Cookworthy, William — ▪ English porcelain manufacturer born April 12, 1705, Kingsbridge, Devonshire, Eng. died Oct. 17, 1780, Plymouth, Devonshire china manufacturer who first produced an English true hard paste porcelain similar to that of the Chinese and… … Universalium
pottery — /pot euh ree/, n., pl. potteries. 1. ceramic ware, esp. earthenware and stoneware. 2. the art or business of a potter; ceramics. 3. a place where earthen pots or vessels are made. [1475 85; POTTER1 + Y3] * * * I One of the oldest and most… … Universalium
List of people from Plymouth — People from the English city of Plymouth are known as Plymothians or less formally as Janners. The definition of Janner is described as a person from Devon, deriving from Cousin Jan (the Devon form of John), but more particularly in naval… … Wikipedia
Plymouth porcelain — was a hard paste porcelain made in the English county of Devon in the 18th century [See Cookworthy s Plymouth and Bristol Porcelain by F.Severne Mackenna(1947) published by F.Lewis and William Cookworthy 1705 1780: a study of the pioneer of true… … Wikipedia
Bristol blue glass — has been made in Bristol, England since the 17th century. History During the late 1700s Richard Champion, a Bristol merchant and potter, making porcelain, was working with a chemist, William Cookworthy. [cite web… … Wikipedia
Bristol ware — ▪ porcelain hard paste porcelain products of the Coxside porcelain manufactory that were produced between 1768 and 1781. The Coxside porcelain concern, the first factory to manufacture hard paste porcelain in England, was started in… … Universalium
Plymouth porcelain — ▪ pottery first hard paste, or true, porcelain made in England, produced at a factory in Plymouth, Devon, from 1768 to 1770. Formulated by a chemist, William Cookworthy (Cookworthy, William), it is distinguishable from the Bristol porcelain … Universalium
Silvanus Bevan — (1691 8 June 1765) was born into a prosperous Welsh Quaker family. He left Swansea as a young man and moved to Cheapside, in London. He obtained his Freedom from the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries in 1715 having served his seven years’… … Wikipedia