Donald Dinnie

(B.1837 - D.1916)
Athletics
Inducted in 2002

Donald Dinnie won over 10,000 contests including wrestling, hammer-throwing, putting the stone, caber-tossing, weight-throwing, running, hurdles races and jumping. Dinnie’s fame was widespread and was the model for the athletic figure that advertised the popular soft drink Irn Bru. Such was his fame, during the First World War heavy artillery shells were nicknamed ‘Donald Dinnies’. Between 1856 and 1876, Dinnie dominated the Highland Games. In incredible feats of strength, he could lift a seventeen stone man above his head and also carried two boulders across the width of the bridge at Potarch, which no-one has been strong enough to carry back.
 

Donald Dinnie