taken from 'NORTH COUNTRY SPORTS AND PASTIMES' published in 1893

wiliam mackereth of cockermouth


WILLIAM MACKERETH "built like a castle," being broad and massive from head to foot was born and bred at Cockermouth. He was a pupil of Tom Nicholson's ; but Tom could never teach him his own favourite chip of "clickin" t' back o' t' heel," and used to resort to that move when he wanted to throw him.

Mackereth was a good hyper ; and threw Harry Graham of Brigham twice in succession, the first time that Litt and William Richardson met to wrestle the match at Workington, which never came off. He also threw John Long in Westmorland, and won. In speaking of Roan Long, Mackereth used to say his own hand was like a child's hand, compared to that of the giant's.

A common saying of his was, that he " was nobbut a thurteen stean man." To this Tom Nicholson generally retorted by saying, " 7 niver kent the', Will, when thoo was thurteen stean ! " Tom called him fourteen stones, good weight.

Mackereth was brought up to the building trade, and ultimately became keeper of the gaol at Cockermouth for many years. He had an only daughter, who married and settled in Ireland , in which country he died about the year 1859.