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John Heathcote of Tiverton patented a steam plough in 1832 {i}. The steam plough mentioned here could well be a flight of fancy. However; Jobson seems to have been given a west country accent (e.g. "whoam" for home) so it is possible that Heathcote had begun work on his plough and that the author knew about it.

Reference:
{i} Lance Day and Ian McNeil (eds.) Biographical Dictionary of the History of Technology (London, Routledge, 2005) p575

 

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