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John Lovelace - was the second, but eldest surviving, son of Richard, 1st Lord Lovelace of Hurley and his second wife, Margaret, only daughter and heiress of William Dodsworth, citizen and merchant tailor of the City of London. He matriculated from Christchurch College, Oxford on 15th June 1632, at the age of sixteen, and succeeded to his father's title and estates, centred on Ladye Place, only two years later.

Henry Norries - On 8th June 1515, Henry was made Keeper of the Park of Foliejon in Winkfield, Berkshire, an office which had been held by his father. On 17th February 1518, he became weigher at the common beam at Southampton, then the great mart of the Italian merchants. On 28th January 1519, he was appointed Bailiff of Ewelme in Oxfordshire. He was also Keeper of the King's Privy Purse. In 1519, he received an annuity of fifty marks (33.6s 8d) and was at the Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520, along with his Uncles, Richard Norreys and Sir Thomas Fettiplace.

Jethro Tull- was a major pioneer in the modernization of agriculture. He was born in early 1674 in Basildon in Berkshire, where his mother's family lived. He was the son of Jethro Tull Senior, a gentleman farmer from adjoining Bradfield, and his wife, Dorothy, the daughter of Thomas Buckeridge. He was baptised in Basildon parish church on 30th March.

At the age of seventeen, Tull matriculated at Oxford, to St. John's College, on 7th July 1691, but appears to have taken no degree. He was admitted as a student of Gray's Inn on 11th December 1693; and called to the Bar on 19th May, 1699. In his admission entry, he is stated to be of two years' standing at Staple Inn, and to be the only son and heir apparent of Jethro Tull, by then of Howbery Farm at Crowmarsh Gifford in Oxfordshire, just across the Thames from Wallingford.Jethro Tull invented the seed drill (in 1701), the horse-drawn hoe, and an improved plough.

Tull was educated at Oxford, England where studied law, he later studied agriculture during his travels across Europe. Jethro Tull inherited land in the southern part of England where he put into practice his study of agriculture.

His seed drill would sow seed in uniform rows and cover up the seed in the rows. Up to that point, sowing seeds was done by hand by scattering seeds on the ground. Tull considered this method wasteful since many seeds did not take root. The first prototype seed drill was built from the foot pedals of Jethro Tull's local church organ.

Jethro Tull was part of a group of farmers who founded the Norfolk system, an early attempt to apply science to farming. In 1731, Jethro Tull published "The New Horse Houghing Husbandry: or, an Essay on the Principles of Tillage and Vegetation".

Since earliest times seeds had always been sown by hand. People who worked on the land would walk over the fields randomly scattering handfuls of grain. Jethro Tull invented a machine which greatly helped to increase the harvest yield by planting seeds in straight lines.

Jethro Tull was born in Basildon, Berkshire in 1674. He did not start out as an agricultural engineer. He studied law and graduated from Oxford University in 1699. Although he was admitted to the bar in the same year, he never practised law. Tull was far more interested in the farming methods employed on his land, which he called Prosperous Farm.

Tull travelled throughout Europe to study new farming techniques. On his return to Prosperous Farm in 1701, he developed a horse-drawn mechanical Seed Drill. The Seed Drill not only planted seeds at regular intervals but also planted them at the right depth and covered them with earth. Because the seed drill planted seeds in straight lines, a mechanical horse-drawn hoe, which Tull also invented, could be used to remove weeds from between the lines of crop plants.

In 1731, Tull wrote a book called "Horse-houghing (hoeing) Husbandry" which he revised in 1733. Although his Seed Drill was improved in 1782 by adding gears to the distribution mechanism, the rotary mechanism of the drill provided the foundation for all future sowing technology.