Photo taken at the Angus McAskill museum on
the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Angus and Tom are mannequins.
weight: 425 lbs
width of shoulders: 44"
width of palm of hand: 8"
length of palm of hand 12"
Born in the Scottish Hebrides islands in 1825
Died in Nova Scotia of brain fever at age 38, August 8,
13th child of normal-sized parents.
Considered a small child until age 12. At puberty he
began growing. At age 20, he was 7' 4" tall. When he finally
stopped growing he was 7'9" tall. The 1981 Guinness book of
World Records lists him as the tallest natural giant who ever lived, the
strongest man who ever lived, and the man having the largest chest
measurements of any non-obese man who ever lived.
Angus McAskill was a kind and gentle man who often
helped his family and neighbors build homes, move heavy lumber, haul in
heavily laden fishing boats, and perform feats of strength for wagers. He
owned a food store and ground grain himself when there wasn't enough water
to run the mill.
or order the pamphlet
The Cape Breton Giant
The life of giant Angus McAskill.
FREE info sheet :
The Nova Scotia Museum,
1747 Summer Street,
Halifax, B3H 3A6,
1-800-632-1114, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, two out of print books give more
Nova Scotia's Two Remarkable Giants
by P. Blakeley,
The Cape Breton Giant, A Truthful Memoir by James
For information about Anna Haining Swan, a
Canadian Giant, whom Angus courted, visit: http://collections.ic.gc.ca/aswan/
According to some sources, Angus died from complications
of an injury he incurred while showing off how easily he could lift an
anchor -- showing off for Anna. Anna was 7 feet 11 inches tall. This
picture shows her with her sister Maggie.
For more information visit: http://www.stevequayle.com/Giants/N.Am/Giants.N.Am2.html#Anchor-Swan-7638