The skeleton of the Irish giant may rest in peace
Charles Byrne (Charles Byrne), who was called the “Irish giant”, was born in 1761 in one of the small Irish villages. About his parents know little, but they were normal growth, but the child was born with acromegaly, a violation of the pituitary gland, as a result of which the growth of Charles as a result reached 2 meters 32 centimeters. In late adolescence, the boy decided to earn extra money on his own unusualness and went from his native village to London. First he got to Scotland, where he made a splash. The night watchman was impressed by the fact that he could light his lanterns without bending down, and people gladly converged to look at the giant for money.
By the year 21, the whole of England knew about him – including the Scottish surgeon John Hunter (John Hunter), a hunter for anatomical wonders. By this time, Charles’s health had begun to deteriorate, and he was very much afraid of what his body would do after Hunter’s death. The giant ordered his friends to place him after death in a metal coffin and drown that coffin in the river, so that no one could really get to the remains of the man. Friends of Charles have made such a coffin and even managed to earn extra money, demonstrating it. Byrne soon passed away – he was 22 years old. Unfortunately, his worst nightmares were justified – his body was still captured by John Hunter, collected a full skeleton and put it on display. For 235 years, the skeleton of Charles Byrne is at the Hunterian Museum in London.
For many years, some scientists have examined the skeleton, conducting various analyzes , while others have called for doing it according to the last will of its master. The last director of the museum and the Royal College of Surgeons agreed on the idea that the benefit of the skeleton of Charles Byrne for science outweighed his own desires. However, now, when the museum is closed for repairs, it is likely that the remains of the giant still rest. This issue will be discussed during the repair, and, as stated in the college, it is likely that the skeleton will be buried on the bottom of the Channel, as its owner wanted.