William Robert Lake
From Graces Guide
1869 Patent. '425. And William Robert Lake, of the "International Patent Office," No. 8, Southampton buildings, Chancery-lane, in the county of Middlesex, Consulting Engineer, has given the like notice in respect of the invention of "an improved water velocipede." — A communication to him from abroad by Jules Marie de la Rue, Attache of the French Ministry of Marine, of Paris, in the Empire of France.'
Sources of Information
-  Gazette Issue 23500 published on the 25 May 1869. Page 6 of 56