MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Englishtown: photo by Stacey MacLean

Photo courtesy of Stacey MacLean.


Englishtown is the most southerly community on the North Shore of Cape Breton. Situated near the entrance to St. Ann’s Harbour, the town has been a trading post, farming enterprise and, most recently, fishing village. Englishtown got its name from the Scots, who called the town Baile nan Gall, or “Town of the English,” after a community of Jersey fishermen who had fished there in the early 1800s.

Englishtown’s most famous settler was Giant MacAskill, for a long time the tallest man in the world. He emigrated from the island of Berneray in the Outer Hebrides in the early nineteenth century and is buried in the local cemetery.