Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Andrew Meikle (1719-1811), Millwright; inventor of the thrashing-machine

Inventor of the thrashing machine; farmer and miller at Houston Mill, near Dunbar, in 1768 he obtained a patent for a machine for dressing grain; at the second attempt he invented a drum thrashing-machine (separating corn from straw) patented in England 1788 and produced in some quantity from 1789, though at little personal profit; invented a means for rapidly furling windmill sails; ‘a capital player on the Northumbrian bagpipes’.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.