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Outlander - Facts Quotes and Did you Knows?

Updated on February 3, 2020
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Nell is an avid follower of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series and absolutely loves the characters and the clothes!

Outlander Series 5 Jamie With Baby Jemmy

Jamie Fraser Outlander Series 5 with baby Jemmy
Jamie Fraser Outlander Series 5 with baby Jemmy

“Your face is my heart Sassenach, and the love of you is my soul”

— Diana Gabaldon

'You're not Frank,who the devil are you?!

(Quote from Claire on meeting Black Jack Randall) (c) Diana Gabaldon

If you haven't heard of this series, where have you been?

Set in the 18th Century, Outlander spans at least three generations of family, and over 40 years in the life of the Frasers. Starting with Jamie and Claire.

On holiday in Scotland with her husband Frank Randall just after the second world war, Claire Randall, a nurse, is determined to rekindle their marriage after a long separation.

One day, on a walk to take in the view and visit the Standing Stones that the locals all claim are magic, Claire steps into the circle and, leaning on one of the tall stones she falls through and finds that she has time traveled back to Scotland, 1745.

To begin with she believes she has stepped into a Movie Set, but after being chased by the Red Coat English army led by one Black Jack Randall, she is horrified to realise that not only is her husband's ancestor evil, but he is determined to find out her secret.

Running away she is captured by the Scots and the romance between her and Jamie begins.

There is a lot more to it, but well, you'll just have to watch the series!

Claire Randall -Fraser
Claire Randall -Fraser | Source

' What sort of corset that might be'?

(c) Diana Gabaldon

This sweetheart bodice fits perfectly with what Claire would have been wearing back then when she fell through time. No modern undergarments for her! Perfect!

And of course there aren't any hard to do up laces like there were back then! These days its slip on slip off!

Can you imagine the hours that were spent just trying to get into the darn things? lol!

Did You Know?

The first recorded use of a Corset was way back in 2000 BC! And back then the women, and sometimes men too, wore the garment over the clothes. It was much later that it was used as an undergarment.

Black Jack Randall Outlander Baddie!
Black Jack Randall Outlander Baddie! | Source

A Great Party Piece for Kids! A British Redcoat soldier!

Whether it was fighting in England or over seas they knew a thing or too!

Whether they were fighting the French, or defending the homeland, these guys were pretty fierce!

What a great costume!

It wasn't only Black Jack Randall who wore this costume, all of the English Army did too!

Here's a bit of history for you.

Did you know?

That the English started wearing these Red coats way back in the 16th Century and right up until the end of the 19th?

Well I never!

Jamie shows us how to wear the Kilt!

Jamie Fraser and that Great Kilt!
Jamie Fraser and that Great Kilt! | Source

'So, what's that you're wearing under ye Kilt Jamie?'

Full 8 yards with a 24 inch drop. This is the original Great Kilt that Jamie Fraser would have worn.

Back in the 18th Century Scottish men would only have worn this length as the shorter kilts came in later.

This Kilt can be worn a number of ways, as you can see by watching Jamie place it around his waist, across his shoulders and as a blanket to keep warm.

It was a very versatile piece of cloth, and even today some Scottish Clans still wear them!

Cool eh?

Did you Know?

There are hundreds of Scottish Clans! Each with their own Tartan, and Clan Crest! Many still have a Clan Chief but lots of them no longer have that title.

'That's a lot in your Sporran Jamie!' Or are you just pleased to see me?!'

Check out this Medieval Scottish Sporran and belt! Methinks Jamie Fraser would love this. It has its own Celtic design and is genuine high quality leather.

Just think, he can help to carry Claire's herbs along with his knife and coins and other bits and pieces!

The Scots first started using Sporrans hundreds of years ago, and they are made mainly from leather or fur. Obviously these days the fur is fake. But still very impressive.

Geillis Duncan
Geillis Duncan | Source

Geillis Duncan was real!

'The question you had before I think it is possible, 1968.'

(c) Diana Gabaldon

So says Geillis, which causes Claire to take a breath and....Well, you will see!

But back to the clothes. I love this beautiful Shawl. I remember one I had many years ago, they are so warm, and come in amazing colors. Of course you don't have to be a time traveler to wear one!

Here is a 'Did you Know'?

That Geillis Duncan was a real person? Yes, amazing eh? Evidently she lived in the time of King James VI of Scotland, and James the First of England.

James was so superstitious he started the Witch Trials because he was convinced women who were witches were out to get him!

So, Geillis Duncan, the real Geillis from history, was hung as a witch. The trial was called the North Berwick Witch Trials.

For more information on the Witch Trials: North Berwick witch trials

'Cold hands warm heart?'

And in the cold of the Highlands of Scotland you are definitely going to need these wool knitted gloves.

Why, how would Claire administer to all her patients if her hands were too cold?

Back then the clothes were very similar to what we wear today. Of course everything was hand made and could be very smelly!

Did you know?

To set the dye in clothes the women and sometimes the men who were curing leather, would have to drink lots of water, beer and other beverages purely so that they could pee in a bucket!

Why? Well for helping the dye to set of course! The cloth had to be well and truly soaked in the liquid to make sure the dye did not run! Pooh!

Claire is given the Dragofly in Amber! #Outlander
Claire is given the Dragofly in Amber! #Outlander | Source
taggyourit Dragonfly Sassenach Necklace - Pewter-Plated Pendant with Amber Colored Gem on Stainless Steel Ball Chain
taggyourit Dragonfly Sassenach Necklace - Pewter-Plated Pendant with Amber Colored Gem on Stainless Steel Ball Chain
I nearly had a fainting fit when my hubby bought me this! I was absolutely blown away that he remembered how much I love it and Outlander! A Must Buy!

'Oh look its a dragonfly in Amber!'

Why not treat yourself to these amazing Scottish Outlander Jewelry gifts? I really love the Lallybroch necklace but the dragonfly is calling to me too!

Maybe if I buy them I will find myself a real Jamie Fraser! Now wouldn't that be something?

Did you know?

Most people believe that Amber is tree sap. This isn't quite true. It is in fact a fossilized resin which is a semi - solid organic substance that is secreted in pockets within the cells of the plant!


Dragonfly in Amber #Outlander
Dragonfly in Amber #Outlander | Source

What do you love about Outlander?

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*All quotes by me apart from the ones that I have attributed to Diana Gabaldon.

All soundtracks copyright of Outlander series.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2015 Nell Rose


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    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      5 weeks ago from England

      LOL! save me one!

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      Nancy A Startin 

      6 weeks ago

      If someone could clone Jamie. I want one

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      Nell Rose 

      3 years ago from England

      Thanks for the email Susan!

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      Nell Rose 

      3 years ago from England

      Hi Catherine, its brilliant isn't it? I read the books over the last 10 years or so, then the program, well how lovely is that? thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Catherine Giordano 

      3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Outlander is my guilty pleasure. I marvel at the expertise the author shows about history, medicine and all kinds of arcane things. I watched the TV show because I like time travel and then I had to read the books. I'm almost done with the fourth one now. And I love that theme song.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Thanks Lilleyth, he is gorgeous isn't he? I call him beautfiful Sam! lol! thanks for reading, nell

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      Suzanne Sheffield 

      4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      One of my all-time favs. Could they have possibly chosen a more perfect Jamie for the series? What a dream boat! Fun read, as always Nell.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Hi Carol, its my favorite of all time too! I just received my latest diana gabaldon book Trail of Fire, its great! thanks for reading, nell

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      Carol Morris 

      4 years ago

      I absolutely LOVE this series. Everything about it, the characters, the clothes, the story, the stunning Scottish scenery....there aren't many series that I would recommend as "not to be missed" but this is number one on the list. It's not appropriate for children, so make sure they're in bed.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Thank you krbalram, glad you liked it, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Hi Snowsprite, it is a great programme, I do wish they would show it over here, the DVDs are really expensive, thanks for reading, nell

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      4 years ago from Bangalore

      outlander seems very interesting series to watch.You have beautifully described this series.

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      4 years ago from Cornwall, UK

      This is the first I have heard of this series, it looks really good. I shall be keeping an eye out for when it comes to the UK. Thanks for a great lens.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Thanks Dianna, yes its a wonderful set of books, and we are still waiting over here for the full series! thanks as always, nell

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      THis is the first I've heard of this series. I do like the era and the clothing pictured on set. You made this an interesting and enjoyable read, as always.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hiya Genna, great to see you! yes Outlander is great! just waiting to buy the next DVD!

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      Genna East 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I am always on the lookout for good series, which are too few and far between. It's probably just as well since I don't have a lot of time for TV viewing these days. The ones I do watch are almost all British or American-British productions. So why am I not surprised with Outlander -- and where have I been?? Thank you, Nell, for the heads up. I will definitely give this program a look-see. :-)

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi deb, no not that Movie, that one was with Christian Bale. This is the first series of Diana Gabaldons amazing epic, spanning twenty years of her writing, and me 15 years of reading! lol! thanks as always, and to be honest I wish I could turn off the tv and head outside to do something as fascinating as you with your photos, nell

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sometimes I wish I had a TV, but I really don't have time for it. Didn't this start out as a movie? It definitely rings a bell.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Thanks PS, yes its well worth watching! thanks as always, nell

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      I have not been under a rock but only have Netflix. So I will check and see if it is on there as it sounds like something I would enjoy.

      Thanks for getting me interested...hoping all is well with you.

      Many Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Thanks so much Vellur, glad you liked it, nell

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      I have not seen The Outlander series. The plot is different and interesting. Going back in time, being captured, sounds interesting. I love the way you have provided facts throughout. Enjoyed reading. Great hub.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      lol! shush! don't let the Scots hear you call it a dress! great to see you! and thanks, nell

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from the beautiful south

      I am not familiar with this either but I like the idea of a guy's dress being shorter than mine, Yeah, lol.

      It would make a fun dress up if I didn't have to buy all that material and make it!

      Fun read!

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi Bravewarrior, lol! now you got me thinking! and yes that corset! LOL! thanks for reading, nell

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Nell, I thought I was familiar with this show but I must be confusing it with something else. The Outlander I know ran several years ago and it was about a man who was from the early years you speak of, but was living in modern day America. He wore a black leather trench coat and had magical powers. What they were escapes me at the moment.

      Anyway, the clothing you highlight here are attractive. However, they appear to be quite heavy and binding, especially the corset.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Thanks sujaya! glad you liked it, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Thanks Frank, yes its okay, I am grabbing the DVDs as they come out! lol! thanks for reading, nell

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      sujaya venkatesh 

      5 years ago

      an entertaining hub

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      Nell I think you can stream it now on Amazon.. however best show ever has to be Sleepy Hollow.. Oh Yeah!!!!

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Thanks drbj, Anne, and pheonix, yes he is a dreamboat! lol! and thanks Anne, yes the sporran,! and I love period costumes too!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Cool ideas. I think period costumes are awesome.

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      5 years ago from Spain

      Hi Nell.

      I haven´t seen the series, but did read the book many years ago and I loved it. As soon as you described it I remembered that I was waiting for my friend to get book 2 but she never did.

      Another of your very enjoyable hubs Nell, and I did laugh at your sporran joke.

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      Don't know how I've missed this series but you have now created a new fan, Nell, with this extraordinary and compelling introduction. And that Jamie - what a dreamboat!

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      5 years ago from USA

      Never heard of the show but it seems all the rage and I love the costumes!

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Thanks MsDora, I have been waiting for this series for years! reading the books over 10 years doesn't help! lol!

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Haven't heard of the show but you got me interested. The video of Jamie and the kilt is a lesson in itself. I know I would share your love for the fashion. Thanks for a good introduction to Outlander.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi suzette, its good to know there is another Outlander nut like me out there! LOL! yes the books and the series, the clothes and the actors, fantastic aren't they? he is doing a great job. the second series beginning, is different from the book but it has to be otherwise it won't work on screen, will be great to see what they do with it!

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      Suzette Walker 

      5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Love this hub Nell! Are 't the costumes to die for? I could fit right into the 18Th century with those clothes. I would miss indoor plumbing but men in kilts would take my mind off that! Lol! I love the books and the show. Moore is doing a great job adapting the books to the screen.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi LongTime, sounds amazing! kilt and sporran? lol! amazing how people don't realise just how amazing it is, I have been to Scotland, fell in love with it and didn't want to come home to England and be a sassenach! LOL! wish I could have been to those feasts etc, sounds wonderful! I bought the first DVD with the 8 episodes on, still waiting on the other half, drives me nuts to think that it was filmed over here in England and Scotland and yet we don't get it! and yes of course, those sex scenes! phew! LOL! thanks for reading, nell

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      5 years ago from Australia

      lol. Nell, I'm married to my own Scotsman, complete with kilt and sporran etc. He's always been a rugged outdoorsman who favoured the traditional 'blanket' kilt instead of the fancy pleated ones. (Weird for me to watch Outlander. When Jamie ages a bit, he'll look just like my husband.)

      Funny to think how much time I wasted trying to explain Scotland, kilts etc to friends overseas when I lived there. It would have been much easier to say, 'Watch Outlander!'

      I've been to feasts in big halls in old castles/estates that could have easily been an Outlander set. Loved the first video series (yes, we bought the DVD) and will buy the second.

      Worth mentioning though to anyone with children, as much fun as it is to watch Outlander with your children, there's a few sex scenes you'll probably want to avoid with the kids. lol.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Thanks DDE. they are lovely aren't they? thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Thanks Jodah, yes I heard the audio was really good too, the DVD is well worth it, trouble is comes in two parts, only 8 episodes in the first bit, still waiting on the second! lol! arghh! so frustrating! thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi truth, the books are awesome! they have adapted them really well for the series. And yes I would love some of these clothes too, I have my eye on the gloves for starters! lol! thanks, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi Mary, yes I have been hooked for about 15 years now on the books! lol! I love all the characters, and am really annoyed that they haven't shown it over here yet, as it was filmed here and in Scotland. But at least I have bought the DVD of the first series so no worries! lol! thanks for reading, nell

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A beautiful hub! Your great idea of costumes is unique and so well-researched.

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Well Nell, my wife fell in love with the audio book...and I happened to just be around while she was listening (I have to admit it sucked me in). We haven't had the tv series here yet and maybe I will have to purchase the DVDs and I will score big points in her good books if it lives up to the books. By what you say here it obviously does. Nice costumes to for a fancy dress up.

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      Marie Hurt 

      5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Oh, I love these costumes. Perfect for a dress party. But, you can incorporate some of these ideas into your every day wear. I really want to read the books, because I have heard that they are really great.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Great job Nell. With Halloween right around the corner this is a perfect idea for costumes. So, party or no, you can dress like the Outlander.

      Loved your descriptions too. My daughter's hooked but I don't get the channel it's on. Will have to rent it at some point.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      lol! thanks billy, yes its a bit annoying, its not been shown in the uk yet, even though its set in Scotland! but I am a huge fan, just watched the DVD and read all the books. thanks as always, nell

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ummmm....I've never heard of this show. I'm feeling a bit "out of touch" right now. :) And we don't go to costume I'm really feeling like a fish out of water. :) But thanks for the information, Nell. I'm ready if this ever becomes a factor in my life. LOL


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