Scugdale takes its name from the Danish skygger meaning to overshadow, referring to the sheltered nature of the dale.
And the waters of the beck that flows down the dale must have some mysterious properties, for it was in this secluded valley that Harry Cooper was brought up. At a height of 8 feet 6 inches in height and weighing 29 stone Harry was reputed to be the tallest man in the world. He toured America as a star of in Barnum’s circus. He died about 1900 and is buried in Calgary, Canada.