The physical difference between the average Scot and English man.
I came across this article in an old copy of Celtic monthly : a magazine for Highlanders (1893). An article by J. G. MACKAY, Portree looks at the physical differences between the average Scot and Englishman. Thought I’d share it:
“It is long since I noticed in the course of business that the sizes of hats suitable for Scotland are much larger than for England. The Scottish head is long, the English head is round. Any gentleman fitting on a felt hat can see this for himself, those hats being made on English
blocks are too short and too broad for Scottish heads. I was interested to see a quotation from the postal workers organ, in which it is stated, that the ” Characteristics of the London postman are, small heads, and big feet,” and that the measurements for postmen’s clothing reveals the fact, “that the size of head increases the further they go north, Inverness-shire having the biggest average. The sizes for Scotland are altogether bigger than England. While in England, Carmarthanshire in Celtic Wales, works out the highest, next comes the counties nearest Scotland, while in Devonshire the people are noted for the roundness of their heads, which has earned for them the sobriquet, of Devonshire dumplings.
The feet, again, in Scotland are broader and shorter, with the bridge more arched, which gives them more spring and makes them more suitable for hill climbing.”