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Andrew Meikle

Agricultural Engineer. According to his tombstone, Meikle was 'descended from a line of ingenious mechanics' and his father had invented a winnowing machine (1710), although this had not been well received at a time when mechanical contraptions were regarded with great suspicion.

Meikle was the inventor of the threshing machine (1789), which proved rather more successful. He worked as a millwright at Houston Mill, on the family estate of John Rennie (1761 - 1821) at Phantassie, East Lothian. Rennie collaborated with Meikle installing his machinery in other mills.

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