Mr. Kent – The Ingenious Inventor


Here's oor frien' Will Cant,

He's juist a second Peter,

He can walk upon the water,

Paidlin' wi' his feeter.



This is the story of a famous nineteenth-century commoner in the United Kingdom. His singular claim to fame was

that he could “walk on water,” a feat that drew tens of thousands of spectators at a time hopeful of a glimpse of him.

Perhaps the most shocking indication of his fame was that in 1822, King George IV publicly bowed to him – a lowly

commoner with no ties to royalty or the nobility – in acknowledgement of his capabilities.


He was called “Mr. Kent, the Ingenious Inventor,” a Scotsman from Glasgow. In literally hundreds of contemporary

broadsheet  and journal publications, it was simply assumed that the reader knew who he was. It would be another

two hundred years before the full story of “Mr. Kent” would be researched and documented.


Enjoy the entertaining life of “Mr. Kent,” aka my great-great-grandfather William Cant of Dunfermline, Scotland:


Mr. Kent – The Ingenious Inventor

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