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Norman MacAskill

Norman MacAskill

Norman was born on Berneray in about 1791, the son of Angus MacAskill and Effie MacLeod. He married Christina Campbell, also of Berneray, with whom he had at least ten children. 

Norman and his family lived in the Sheabie area of Borve, where their first six children were born. Sometime after 1826 the family moved to Quidinish before emigrating to Cape Breton in 1831. They made their home in Englishtown, St Ann’s Bay, where they had a further four children. 

One of their sons, Angus, began to grow rapidly by the age of twelve, becoming known as Gille Mòr. His father had to alter the house to provide headroom, including the construction of an eight foot long bed. Angus Mòr eventually became the strongest man in the world.


Title: Norman MacAskill
Record Type: People
Gaelic Name: Tormod Aonghais Nèill
Date of Birth: 1791
Date of Death: 1881
Sex: Male
Bk Reference: CEBH 3830
Record Maintained By: CEBH
Subject Id: 106785