William Cooke was born in Calcutta and died in Kent on 14 September 1832. He attended Harrow School and matriculated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1780, but apparently did not graduate. He studied law and was admitted to Lincoln's Inn in 1777 and called to the Bar in 1782. He spent most of his adult life practising bankruptcy law. He first published his Bankrupt Laws in 1785, and for many years it was the standard work on the subject. In 1818 he had the unenviable job of investigating the conduct of Queen Caroline, which led to charges being laid against her in 1819.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.