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Common, John (1778–1868), agricultural engineer, was born in High Buston, Warkworth, Northumberland, on 25 January 1778, the second child in the family of five sons (one died in infancy) and four daughters of Robert Common of High Buston, a millwright and cartwright from a family of skilled mechanics, and his wife (probably ...

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Fowler, John (1826–1864), agricultural engineer, was born on 11 July 1826 at Melksham, Wiltshire, one of at least four sons of John Fowler (1792–1861), merchant, and Rebecca (1799–1842), daughter of William and Jenny Hull of Uxbridge, Middlesex; his younger brother William Fowler achieved prominence as a financier and politician. His father was a leading member of the Quakers in ...

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Garrett family (per. 1778–1884), agricultural engineers, came to prominence with Richard [i] Garrett (1757–1839), who founded the business in Suffolk in 1778. Richard came from a family that had been bladesmiths since the late seventeenth century at least. He was born at ...

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Macdonald, Duncan George Forbes (1827/8–1884), agricultural engineer and writer, was the youngest son of John Macdonald (1779–1849) and his second wife, Janet, eldest daughter of Kenneth Mackenzie, of Millbank. Initially he devoted himself to the study and practice of agriculture on his father's extensive glebe, before starting business on his own account in 1848, as an agricultural engineer in ...

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Marshall family (per. 1848–1922), agricultural engineers, came to prominence with William Marshall (1812–1861), born at Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, the son of John Marshall, who was in business there. His father has been described in different sources as a shipwright, or as a block and tackle manufacturer. ...

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

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Meikle, Andrew (1719–1811), millwright and inventor of the threshing machine, was born on 5 May 1719, probably at Saltoun, Haddingtonshire. He was one of at least two brothers. His father, James Meikle, wright in Nether Keith, Haddingtonshire, working on behalf of Henry Fletcher...

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Ransome, Robert Charles (1830–1886), agricultural engineer, was born on 1 June 1830, at Carr Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, the eldest son of Robert Ransome (1795–1864), agricultural engineer, and his wife, Sarah Coleby (1794–1863). He was the grandson of Robert Ransome (1753–1830) [see under...

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Shuttleworth, Joseph [formerly Joshua] (1819–1883), agricultural engineer, was born at Dog Dyke on the Witham River in Lincolnshire on 12 July 1819, the son of John Allenby Shuttleworth of Coningsby, a boat builder, and his wife, Rebecca Newton. He was baptized Joshua...

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Smith, James, of Deanston (1789–1850), textile industrialist and agricultural engineer, was born in Glasgow on 3 January 1789, the son of a Glasgow merchant of a Galloway family, who died two months after his birth. He was brought up by his maternal uncle, ...