In 1786 the Threshing machine was invented and patented here in East Lothian, SE Scotland by a millright called Andrew Meikle of Houston Mill on the river Tyne,.
This invention started the agricultural revolution changing a harvesting labour intensive process called flailing that had been in use since the middle ages.
Then in 1834 American Hirman Moore produced and patended a combine harvester- combining the three processes of harvesting corn; Reaping, Treshing, and winnowing,
The first combines were horse drawn, than later steam powered, and then as they are today self propelled with a combustion engine.
These Combines were being made in Scotland and operating in East Lothian by 1939,
Today all around the world the combine harvester still uses a Threshing device that operates on the basic design as invented here by Andrew Meikle in East Lothian also known as `The Garden of Scotland`...