BOOK BURY HOTELS

Featured Destination

June 2017: The Resorts of North Devon

Devon is the only county in England with two separate coasts, north and south. It is the latter that is perhaps better known and more ...More
More Uk destinations

John Kay
- Favourite Briton.

Born in Bury, Lancashire
Born on 16th of July 1704
Died in 1780

John Kay is remembered as the inventor of the flying shuttle, which was a major milestone in the advance of Britainís textile industry, reducing the number of workers needed to operate looms, allowing for broader looms, and speeding production. His patent was deliberately abused by manufacturers, law suits to defend it nearly ruined him, and textile workers loathed him, so he spent much of the last part of his life in France helping their industry, with little better financial result.

More famous Britons here

Contributors: Do you have a site related to John Kay?
Supply some content for this page and we will gladly add a link to your site. Email here.

3580 views since 18th July 2007

Brit Quote:
There were many times my pants were so thin I could sit on a dime and tell if it was heads or tails. - Jonathan Swift
More Quotes

On this day:
The Battle of Otterburn - 1388, The Samlesbury Witch Trial - 1612, Salem Witches Executed - 1692, Bonnie Prince Charlie raises standard at Glenfinnan - 1745, Storm Claims 100 Scottish Fishermen - 1848, The Hungerford Massacre - 1987
More dates from British history

click here to view all the British counties

County Pages