A biography of the early water engineer George Sorocold, written by myself and my colleague Alan Gifford has been published on the Engineering Timelines website today.
If any members have any comments regarding Sorocold, or have further information regarding his life and works we would be grateful if you would join us in discussion here on the Engineering Timelines Social Network.
The first definite facts we know about George Sorocold are from his university details. We know he joined Emmanuel College in Cambridge in May 1684 and left in December 1684 without a degree. His entry says he was "from Lancashire" and he also presented a tankard during 1684. We know that he married Mary Franceys in December of that year which clearly fits in with his leaving that month as students were not allowed to marry.
So if we accept that the George who married Mary Franceys was the renowned water engineer then this has to be the same one who went to university for 6 months in 1684.
As far as his date of birth goes there is a record (Find my past) of a George Sorocold being baptised on 2/3/1666 in the Warrington area with a father James which would allow a reasonable age for joining university.