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what does Sassenach mean in Outlander ?

Sassenach means “stranger” , foreigner or “outlander,” and is a nickname that Jamie uses for Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser. It also refers to people of English descent. It can also be a derogatory term or insult , depending largely on how it is said and to whom .

Outlander‘s Claire Randall is called a number of unsavoury names ranging from witch to whore, but only one eventually becomes a term of endearment: Sassenach.

It means a foreigner. Actually, it’s a less than polite Gaelic word for an English person .

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So how did it become a kind of pet name for Jamie to call Claire ?

It all stems from the fact that Outlander author Diana Gabaldon wanted some Gaelic in her story .

“Very early on I began doing research as much as I could into Gaelic. While I don’t speak Gaelic by any stretch of the imagination, we want a few little terms and sentences scattered around to give a flavour of the language,” Gabaldon said

Sassenach was one of those key terms.

“Well, I had this English woman showing up, and I did know that Sassenach is in fact a fairly derogatory term for someone who is a foreigner, but specifically for an English person given the long and acrimonious relationship between England and Scotland. So, it seemed natural that someone would refer to Claire as a Sassenach,” she continued.

Jamie eventually takes up the term for her, but he doesn’t mean it as an insult.

“To start with, she has a slight idea that it’s a derogatory term, but she knows he’s plainly not trying to insult her. He’s just pointing out that she’s strange,” Gabaldon says.

“As time went on, he adopted it as a term of endearment for her, and because one of the things and only one of the things that attracts him to her, is that she is an English woman. He kind of likes to think of it as ‘I’ve got one of their women.'”

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what does Sassenach mean ?

Sassenach means “foreigner” or “outlander,” and it is Jamie Fraser’s pet name for his wife ,  Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser. Visit Lallybroch Castle ( Midhope Castle ) for just £90 . Hourly service from Edinburgh between 10 am and 2 pm . Free pickup and dropoff from your hotel in Edinburgh. Add two more Outlander film locations – Fort William and Wentworth Prison –  for a unique tour costing just £150 ( April to December ) . Phone 07305-294773 for details and availability.

why does Jamie in Outlander call Claire Sassenach ?

as the relationship between Jamie and Claire deepens , Jamie starts to call Claire Sassenach until it becomes a kind of pet name for her . Jamie says it in a playful way without any of the the malice in normal usage

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Outlander star Sam Heughan launches Sassenach Tartan

Outlander star Sam Heughan , Jamie Fraser , launches Sassenach Tartan to celebrate release of The Secret Life of Tartan book.

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OUTLANDER star Sam Heughan has announced his Great Glen Company will be launching a brand new tartan.

The Scottish actor took to social media to make the announcement as he showcased the new Sassenach Tartan in a smouldering snap.

In the pic Sam can be seen modelling the design in a scarf – while another pic declares the “thread counts incorporate Sam Heughan’s date of birth – like a vintage dram it is important to know where, when and hot it was made”.

Sam wrote: “With the release of the wonderful The Secret Life of Tartan by Vixy Rae (available now!) – we are also announcing the launch of the official Sassenach Tartan!!


“A unique new tartan, designed and crafted in collaboration with the brilliant Prickly Thistle Scotland.”

And it looks like fans aren’t the only ones who can’t get enough of the new design, with fellow castmate Duncan Lacroix putting in an early order.

He said: “Not too shabby. I shall expect mine waiting for me in my trailer next week on wrap day.”

Fans flocked to the post with some offering their congratulations to the Scottish actor.

One said: “Another venture, your are everything, congratulations!”

While one follower wrote: “Looking dapper!”

And one Instagram user added: “There is no end to the Sassenach merch.”

Fans of the hit time travel drama will be able to get their hands on the Sassenach Tartan later this month.

We previously told how Sam and Catriona ( Claire ) hailed the new cast members joining the fifth season of the hit time travel drama.

The stars praised the new actors – telling fans that they “knock it out the park” in the new season.

what does Sassenach mean ?

Sassenach is a name Scots use for English people or more generally someone who is not from Scotland. It can be used as an insult . In Outlander Jamie uses it as a term of endearment for Claire

can you buy Sassenach gifts ?

Sassenach gifts ie Outlander themed gifts can be bought online

 Outlander’s Sam Heughan takes centre stage in teaser for new series

It came after we reported how Outlander scooped the title of most bingeworthy show in the world.

Outlander season five is set to hit TV screens next year – with fans waiting in anticipation for Droughtlander to end.

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Is there a real Lallybroch in Scotland ?

Yes , there is – Midhope House . Lallybroch, or Broch Tuarach, is Jamie’s fictional home in the series. In real life it’s an ancient 16th-century tower house outside Edinburgh. The castle stars in a number of Outlander episodes. You can visit the castle on one of our tours and take a look around the outside . Unfortunately the inside of Lallybroch is derelict and not accessible .Visit Lallybroch Castle ( Midhope Castle ) starting from just £90 .

What makes our tours unique ?

  • professional guide
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  • photography / videos – we help customers to take the best possible pictures on their trip
  • Scottish music – TV / film themes and Scottish artists
  • information about Scottish culture and arts
  •  unique souvenirs are available, speak to your driver for details

Lallybroch face masks and canvas prints are now available.

Lochan na h-Achlaise is a small loch in front of Black Mount in the Highlands of Scotland. Check out our amazing video of the Highlands or book this tour now .

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This month we have an Outlander sale on gifts for Sassenachs everywhere , including jigsaw puzzles, face masks ,stickers and prints .

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Lallybroch gifts online – we have over 50 Lallybroch gifts including throw pillows, face masks,phone cases, prints, t-shirts , travel mugs and lots more . Visit the Lallybroch gift shop

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Gift Cards can be bought now to use on your future visit to Scotland. Gift cards also are a great way to cheer a special family member up with that they can use when they visit. With one of our cards, you will be able to join a tour with an experienced, friendly tour guide .

Gift cards can be used for any of our group tours . One of the great added benefits is that you do not have to commit until you know your dates. We will happily help you along with the process and are on hand to assist with any questions.

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We have over 50 Lallybroch gifts including throw pillows, face masks, jigsaw puzzles , phone cases, prints, t-shirts , travel mugs and lots more .
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Is there a real Lallybroch in Scotland ?

Yes , the real Lallybroch is Midhope Castle . Lallybroch, or Broch Tuarach, is Jamie Fraser’s fictional home in the Outlander series. You can visit the castle on one of our tours and take a look around the outside . Unfortunately the interior of Lallybroch is derelict and not accessible .

can you buy Lallybroch gifts online ?

yes, you can buy Lallybroch gifts online . We have over 50 Lallybroch gifts including throw pillows, phone cases, prints, t-shirts , travel mugs and lots more . Visit the Lallybroch gift shop

who owns Lallybroch ?

Lallybroch ( Midhope Castle ) is part of the Hopetoun estate and it is privately owned by the Earl of Hopetoun. Hopetoun has been the ancestral home of the Hope family for over 300 years; the present Earl of Hopetoun lives in the house and The 4th Marquess of Linlithgow (the head of the family and Lord Hopetoun’s father) lives on the Estate.

do your tours follow the Covid safety guidelines ?

yes, our tours follow the Covid safety guidelines established by Visitscotland . Private tours Edinburgh follows all the industry standards and safety measures . Private tours Edinburgh has received the Good to go certificate

Free pickup and dropoff from Edinburgh on our Outlander tours . Add two more Outlander film locations – Fort William and Wentworth prison –  for a unique tour costing just £150 . Phone 07305-294773 for details and availability.

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See Jamie Fraser’s ancestral home – Lallybroch .

Need a bit more Outlander ? Listen to Jamie as he guides you around Castle Leoch ( Doune Castle ) on our Jamie Fraser Outlander tour

Midhope Castle, a 16th-century tower house, is used as Lallybroch (also known as Broch Tuarach) in Outlander . Left to Jamie by his parents, Brian and Ellen, Lallybroch is also home to Jamie’s sister, Jenny, her husband Ian Murray and their children. With Lallybroch being an important part of the Outlander story, much use is made of Midhope Castle. Phone (+44) 0131-549-9785 for details and bookings .

On this tour you can visit Jamie Fraser’s ancestral home – Lallybroch Castle .

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