Angus MacAskill - The 7ft 9 inch Scottish born Canadian legend of strength
Feats of strength
425lbs with 44 inch wideshoulders and the palm of his hand 8 inches wide and 12 inches long
He reportedly lifted a 2,700lb anchor after a wager with some sailors
Macaskill could allegedly carry 2 x 300lb barrels, one under each arm and throw a 300lb man over a 10ft high woodpile
He was reputedly capable of carrying a 60-foot beam on his shoulder
Also known as the "Cape Breton Giant" - so called after emigrating to this part of Nova Scotia
Born in 1825, the young Angus began life as a farmer and became known for his stature in his teens. In fact, his father had to raise the roof of the family home
Crop failures 1847 & 48 brought economic depression and Macaskill was invited to tour as a 'curiosity'
He joined P.T. Barnum's circus and performed with Tom Thumb where he also demonstrated his strength
He returned with a 'snug fortune' and bought up several local businesses
Despite his stature and strength, he was known for his 'mild and gentle manner'
He died in 1863 of 'brain fever' at just 38 years old and his life has been honoured in both Canada and Scotland with memorials