William Wallace, one of the most famous Scottish men to have ever walked the earth, was immortalized in Mel Gibson’s Academy Award Winning film, Braveheart. Wallace has been remembered, both in the movie and throughout Scottish history, as a larger-than-life kind of man. He fought and died for his beliefs and left a legacy that has resonated with countless people throughout history. The question remains, though, how large was he really?
According to the Scotichronicon, a 14th-century document, “[Wallace] was a tall man with the body of a giant, cheerful in appearance with agreeable features, broad-shouldered and big-boned, with belly in proportion and lengthy flanks, pleasing in appearance but with a wild look, broad in the hips, with strong arms and legs, a most spirited fighting-man, with all his limbs very strong and firm.” Another document from the 15th century stated that Wallace stood 7 ft tall!
The best remaining support for Wallace’s giant height does not come from documents or literature but rather from a sword. Wallace’s Sword survived the ages in castles and found its permanent home at the Wallace Monument in the 1880s. The sword itself is 5′ 4″ (that’s how tall I am) in length and weights 6.6 lbs. Scholars state that the person who wielded such a massive weapon would have had been around 6′ 6″. If this indeed was his sword, the needed height supports the narrative that William Wallace was most likely a super tall man!
I’ve included an image of me with the sword from 2012 to see an actual size comparison. The sword is gigantic!