Angus MacAskill was billed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the Tallest and Strongest Man (non-pathological) in the 1981 edition. He is recorded as standing seven feet nine inches tall and weighing 425 pounds. His tales are legendary; stories show him to be a gentleman and a role model.
Angus was born in 1825 on the Isle of Bernaray off the western coast of Scotland. Angus, his siblings and parents emigrated to Nova Scotia, Canada in the late 1820s or early 1830s with many other Scottish families during the Highland Clearances. A group of them settled in Englishtown on Saint Anne’s Bay, Cape Breton Isle in Nova Scotia.
Angus’ growth seemed normal till his teen years when he just kept growing well into his twenties. His parents were forced to put a moveable transom on the front door of the house to let him access the door freely. His furniture and clothes all had to be especially made for his size. He is thought to have been naturally tall (non-pathological) as there was no sign of the typical characteristics of the so-called pituitary giants. He was said to be as strong as six men. His strength, even if exaggerated, describes a healthy man.
Angus is buried in Englishtown in The Auld Cemetery. His grave was forgotten for years and the marker damaged and buried till a renewed interest in the history of the Giant in the mid 1900s led to the renovation of the site and marker. There is a museum dedicated to all things Angus, including his clothing, furniture, tools and accounts from his store, across the road from the site of his general store just down the road from the cemetery. There is another museum on the other side of the pond in Dunvegan, Isle of Sky, Scotland, near the Castle of the MacLeods, also dedicated to the Giant. Both museums are run by his descendents.
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