William {Wull} Beattie

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Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

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William {Wull} Beattie

My name is Robert {Bob} Beattie,

I would like to nominate my father William {Wull} Beattie To your Hall of Fame.

Although born in Twechar, Wull died in Blantyre in 1968. He was a weightlifter well ahead of his time. Weighing a mere 10 stone, in 1929 he won Scottish titles at 11 stone, 12 stone and heavyweight, repeating this in 1930 and 1931.

He also won the British 12 stone championship in 1929.

Wull then turned professional, and toured extensively throughout Britain and Ireland, as the Circus Strongman, The Mighty Apollo.

Wull is Buried in High Blantyre Cemetery, with his  Wife, Jesse [ nee Balfour} His Grandson, Ian Maxwell, from Burnbank,  was a Junior World Champion Power Lifter.


Bob Beattie, Perth Western Australia Email

 William {Wull} Beattie

“The Scottish Apollo”, William Beattie is shown here doing a bent-press with a pair of what are most likely 56-pound block weights. It should be noted that he fist swung them up to that position which is a fantastic feat of grip strength in holding the blocks together.  Beattie was also fond of juggling these weights.

Unsurprisingly, Beattie was one of the many students of William Pullum and won the British Amateur Weightlifting Association (BAWLA) 12 stone Championship in 1929.  Beattie went on to perform feats of strength and acrobatics with several circuses.

Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

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