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Mr Andrew Meikle

Who was Andrew Meikle?

Andrew Meikle was a Scottish millwright, engineer and bridge builder active in Scotland in the late-18th century.

Life & Work

Meikle was born in Scotland on 5 May 1719 and is especially noted for the invention of the threshing machine which he patented in 1788. Ten years earlier, in 1778, he built Tyninghame Bridge crossing the River Tyne in East Linton, Scotland.

Meikle died in Scotland on 27 November 1811 at Houston Mill, near East Linton. He was buried at the kirk of Prestonkirk, East Linton where a tombstone records his memory. He was survived by his son George, one of at least 8 children, whom Meikle had had with his wife Marjorie Mirrilees who predeceased him.


  • Day, Lance and Ian McNeil, eds., Biographical Dictionary of the History of Technology (London: Taylor & Francis, 1996) pp. 478-479.
  • National Archives, National Register of Archives, Person Details, 'Meikle, Andrew (1719-1811) Millwright and Inventor GB/NNAF/P143375' < http://www.nationalarchives.go... > [accessed 7 October 2008]
  • National Portrait Gallery, London, Search the Collections, 'Andrew Meikle (1719-1811), Millwright; inventor of the thrashing-machine' < > [accessed 7 October 2008]
  • Shaw, John P., ‘Meikle, Andrew (1719–1811)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography [Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004) < > [accessed 7 October 2008]

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