Nisha Rathode (Editor)

Bill Anderson (strongman)

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
Full Name  Bill Anderson
Role  Strongman
Name  Bill Anderson
Weight  300 lb (140 kg)
Height  6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)

Bill Anderson (strongman) wwwhighlandgamesnetimagesBill20Anderson202
Born  6 June 1937 (age 78) (1937-06-06) Bucksburn, Scotland
Occupation  Highland Games/Strongman

Bill Anderson MBE (born 1937) is a Scottish heavyweight sportsman. He won the World Highland Games Championships in 1981 and the Scottish Highland Games Championships 16 times. He has also held every possible Scottish record in Highland Games.



Bill was born on Greenferns Farm, Bucksburn, close to Aberdeen in Scotland. He began competing as an 18-year-old at Alford in 1956 and went on to compete at the top of his sport, excelling at caber tossing and hammer throwing.

Anderson dominated the heavy events for three decades, winning 16 Scottish championship titles as well as British, European, American, Canadian and World championships.

Anderson claimed his first Scottish title in 1959 and he became the first man to hurl the hammer 150 feet (46 m) in 1969. Of the heavy events, the Scots hammer was Anderson's, wooden shafted and thrown from a standing position. His 1969 Scottish Championship record of 123 feet 5 inches (37.62 m) with the 22 lb hammer still stands. The one and only time he threw the wire hammer was on national service in Aden in 1957 when with a standing throw he reached 133 feet (41 m).

He is the grandfather-of-five and still works part-time. He also judges at the Aberdeen, Crieff, Aboyne and Braemar Highland games.

Anderson competed in the 1979 World's Strongest Man contest, but withdrew early in the competition due to an injury.

A biography, Highland Fling was published by Argyll Publishing.


  • 1981 World Highland Games Championships Champion
  • Four times World Caber Tossing Champion
  • Winner of 16 Scottish Highland Games Championships
  • Five times USA Highland Games Champion 1976–1980
  • Canadian Highland Games Champion 1977
  • Awards and honours

    He was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1977 by Queen Elizabeth II.

    Anderson was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.


    Bill Anderson (strongman) Wikipedia

    Similar Topics
    Plan 9 from Syracuse
    Frank Boeijen
    Ian Garnett