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The Tale of the Bristol Giant
Episode 288th August 2022 • The BackTracker History Show • The Backtracker
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Season: 3 Episode: 28

When he was spotted, Patrick Cotter was working as a bricklayer in the small Medieval town of Kinsale on the west Cork coast of Ireland where he had been born.

He was 18 years old and ideally equipped for bricklaying. He was up to 8ft 8in tall and could reach a cottage roof without a ladder, and he had hands so large that they rendered a hod obsolete.

Patrick was one of only 12 men in medical history to be verified as over 8ft, according to Wikipedia and he has an amazing story.


This podcast has been specially edited from a Bradley Stoke Radio show in Bristol, England. 

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Northern Echo

Irish Post 30 June 2018.

DeBarra, Damien (9 February 2006). "Waking The Dead: Standing on the Bones of Irish Giants".

G. Frankcom and J. H. Musgrave, The Irish giant (1976)

Fermanagh Herald - Saturday 11 July 1903

Western Chronicle - Friday 23 March 1906

Derry Journal - Monday 09 July 1906

Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal - Friday 19 September 1806

Felix Farley's journal  dated 13/09/1806.


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