William Hall

William Hall (1798 - 1888) was Eaglesham's well-known blacksmith and many local stories survive which paint him as a colourful character. A man of great strength, he took part in lifting and throwing competitions at local fairs and is depicted in the statue throwing a shot put. He gained a reputation as a great practical joker, in one story nailing the brim of a customer's hat to a bench and then causing such an alarm that when the startled man snatched up his hat, he left part of it fixed there. By contrast, he was also skilled in the preparation of herbal remedies for the treatment of minor ailments. The statue is reputed to have been based on the measurements taken from Hall when he was in his late forties. In 1832, Hall was also the subject of an oil painting by John Kelso Hunter from nearby Jackton.

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