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Bell, Patrick (1799–1869), Church of Scotland minister and inventor of agricultural machinery  

Jonathan Brown

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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Bell, Patrick (1799–1869)  

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

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Burrell family (per. c. 1800–1929), agricultural machinery manufacturers  

Jonathan Brown

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  

Tom Donnelly

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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Ferguson, Henry George [Harry] (1884–1960)  

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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  

Gordon Goodwin

revised by Jonathan Brown

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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Meikle, Andrew (1719–1811), millwright and inventor of the threshing machine  

John P. Shaw

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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Meikle, Andrew (1719–1811)  

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

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Menzies [Menzey], Michael (d. 1766), advocate and inventor of agricultural and mining machinery  

R. B. Prosser

revised by Robert Brown

Menzies [Menzey], Michael (d. 1766), advocate and inventor of agricultural and mining machinery, was probably one of the Menzies of Culter-Allers, Lanarkshire; little is known of his origins, but a younger brother was ‘sheriff-depute’ of Haddingtonshire. Menzies was admitted a member of the ...

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Ransome family (per. c. 1785–1875), agricultural machinery manufacturers  

Jonathan Brown

Ransome family (per. c. 1785–1875), agricultural machinery manufacturers, came to prominence with Robert Ransome (1753–1830), who was born at Wells, Norfolk, son of Richard Ransome, a schoolmaster there. His grandfather, Richard Ransome, was a miller of North Walsham, Norfolk, and an early Quaker, who suffered frequent imprisonment while on preaching journeys in various parts of ...

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Ransome, James (1782–1849)  

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Ransome, James Allen (1806–1875)  

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Ransome, Robert (1753–1830)  

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Small, James (bap. 1740, d. 1793), agriculturist and plough maker  

Jonathan Brown

Small, James (bap. 1740, d. 1793), agriculturist and plough maker, was born at Upsettlington in the parish of Ladykirk, Berwickshire, and baptized in Ladykirk on 28 March 1740; he was the son of John Small, a farmer, and Elspeth Robeson. He served an apprenticeship with a carpenter and plough maker at ...

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Smith, James, of Deanston (1789–1850), textile industrialist and agricultural engineer  

Hugh Cheape

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, ...