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Angus McAskill 7'9!"and Chris MacAskill 6'4" 

Photo taken at the Angus McAskill museum on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Angus and Tom are mannequins.

height" 7'9"

weight: 425 lbs

width of shoulders:  44"

chest: 80"

width of palm of  hand: 8"

length of palm of hand 12"

boot 14.5"

Angus McAskill

Born in the Scottish Hebrides islands in 1825

Died in Nova Scotia of brain fever at age 38, August 8, 1863

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.

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or order the pamphlet 

The Cape Breton Giant 
The life of giant Angus McAskill.

FREE info sheet :

Order from:
The Nova Scotia Museum, 
1747 Summer Street,
Halifax, B3H 3A6,

1-800-632-1114, or email

Also, two out of print books give more information: 

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:

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.
Anna Haining Swan with her sister who is about 5 feet tall.

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