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Patrick Bell (1799–1869) by unknown engraver, pubd 1868 (after E. Strachan) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bell, Patrick (1799–1869), Church of Scotland minister and inventor of agricultural machinery, was born in April 1799 at mid-Leoch, in the parish of Auchterhouse, a few miles north-west of Dundee. He was one of at least two sons of George Bell, a tenant farmer at ...

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Burrell family (per. c. 1800–1929), agricultural machinery manufacturers, came to prominence with three brothers who were partners in a small engineering business at Thetford in Norfolk. These were Joseph Burrell, William Burrell (1766–1832), and James Burrell (1770–1837).

Joseph Burrell (1759–1831) is generally regarded as the founder of the firm, and he was certainly in business on his own account by about 1790, repairing agricultural implements. Within a few years he was beginning to make implements as well. He first attracted notice in 1803 when, at the annual ...

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Ferguson, Henry George [Harry] (1884–1960), designer of agricultural machinery, was born on 4 November 1884 at Growell, near Hillsborough in northern Ireland, the third son and fourth of eleven children, three girls and eight boys, of James Ferguson, a hill farmer, and his wife, ...

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Henry George Ferguson (1884–1960) by A. J. Tanner, 1948 © Science & Society Picture Library; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Howard, James (1821–1889), agriculturist and manufacturer of agricultural implements, was born on 16 October 1821, the eldest son of John Howard, maker of agricultural implements, of Bedford. He was educated at Bedford School, and as a boy he also gained much practical knowledge of agriculture from visiting his grandfather at ...

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Andrew Meikle (1719–1811) by A. Reddock, c. 1790–1800 © National Portrait Gallery, London