Ferguson: The 'Mad Mechanic' From the Mourne Mountains

Pictured Harry Ferguson and Henry Ford.

Repost in honor of his Birthday.

Henry George "Harry" Ferguson, 4 November 1884 – 25 October 1960.

Intoxicated with unbridled madness, a dreamer returned from a pilgrimage, a sojurn, high in the Mourne Mountains of County Down. Back to reality, back to his brother and their bicycle shop. Back to his small, unremarkable village in the valley. This dreamer had made the pilgrimage many times before. Had basked in the ever-present silence, gave his thoughts free rein, let them soar.

The crisp bracken snapping underfoot, the fresh wind buffeting his face, invigorated and filled him with optimistic fervor. He felt as one with the mountains, the sky and the cosmos. But this time something was different. He was different. He had changed. Giddy and lightheaded he wondered, just for an instant, am I going mad?

Strolling through the ‘silent valley,’ he rested near a patch of gorse, their yellow blooms vibrant in the afternoon sun. He turned his eyes upward and scanned the cloudless sky. Marveled as two hawks wheeled and circled high above him, wide-spread wings in silhouette against the sharp blueness. If only I could do that, he mused.

On down, down through a thick carpet of heather, in the distance, the small lime-washed cottage. A row of new bicycles lined up outside the shop. Watched the sunlight glinting off the frames. Watched his brother, leaning over the stone bridge, gazing at the flowing stream beneath.

I wonder what he’s thinking?

The dreamer’s mind took him on a fantastical flight of fancy. Transported him to a far-off land, a land across the wild, grey Atlantic Ocean. Thought of two other brothers and a place called Kitty Hawk. And in that moment, right then, right there, the dreamer knew he had to fly.

Henry George "Harry" Ferguson (4 November 1884 – 25 October 1960) was an Irish engineer and inventor who is noted for his role in the development of the modern agricultural tractor, for becoming the first Irishman to build and fly his own airplane, and for developing the first four-wheel drive Formula One race car, the Ferguson P69. Today his name lives on in the Massey Ferguson Manufacturing company.


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Tags: History, Inventions, Irish, agriculture, aviation, flight, technology

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Comment by Nollaig 2016 on November 3, 2016 at 4:53pm

Henry George "Harry" Ferguson - Birthday tomorrow.

Comment by John Anthony Brennan on November 3, 2016 at 5:57pm

Thanks for the reminder!!!


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