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Outlander gifts for Sassenachs everywhere

This month we have an Outlander sale on Outlander gifts for Sassenachs everywhere . 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 be a derogatory term or insult , depending on how it is said and to whom .

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

It means a foreigner. And more specifically, 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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Special offers for March – daily tours from Edinburgh

Visit Lallybroch Castle ( Midhope Castle ) for just £90 . Hourly service from Edinburgh between 10 am and 2 pm . Phone (+44) 0131-549-9785 for details and bookings . Free pickup and dropoff from Edinburgh. 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 of Scotland Tours from Edinburgh .

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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.

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Outlander tours news – coronavirus lockdown lifted ?

Tour businesses all over Scotland are eagerly waiting a Government announcement today about the coronavirus lockdown . We know it’s going to be for another 3 weeks but the question is will restrictions be eased after that as we slowly get back to normal ? Two newspapers this week have said the lockdown will end in early May. In the meantime , why not check our some great original Outlander gifts online ?


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Outlander gifts , stickers and t-shirts feature photos of the actual locations in the Outlander TV series – Lallybroch , Blackness Castle ( Fort William ) , Doune Castle ( Castle Leoch ) , Linlithgow Palace ( Wentworth prison ) and the Bruce fountain , Inverness ( Falkland ) metal prints

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Robert the Bruce and the Declaration of Arbroath

In Robert the Bruce’s day, battles were short but wars were long. The First War of Scottish Independence, with England, lasted thirty-two years, from 1296 until 1328. Scotland, which had long understood itself as independent, kept having to repel the English, who disagreed. The Second War of Scottish Independence, still with England, ran for another twenty-five years. During these decades, the Pope served as a mediating figure, handing out punishments for unruly rulers. Pope John XXII would have liked the two kingdoms to stop fighting and to join him on the Crusades. (Did he have to do everything?) In 1317, he imposed a shaky truce on Scotland and England: no more fighting. It didn’t last. In 1318, Bruce recaptured a Scottish trading town that had been held by the English. The Pope—not angry, just disappointed—excommunicated him.

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By 1320, things were not looking good for Bruce at home, either. His brother Edward, briefly—and bloodily—the king of Ireland, had been killed in battle, leaving Bruce without an adult heir. (His grandson, next in line, was four years old, and rubbish with a sword.) Making matters worse, there were rumors of a conspiracy against him: the son of John Balliol, a former king of Scotland, was drumming up support for his claim to the throne. Meanwhile, both the Pope and England still refused, for various reasons, some of them murder, to recognize Bruce as the legitimate king of Scotland. Under mounting pressure at home and abroad, with his rivals circling, Bruce felt compelled to act. He wanted recognition, respect, and for England to back off. So he did what many of us might under duress: he wrote a strongly worded letter.

The Declaration of Arbroath has existed for a staggering seven centuries, and it looks its age. Physically, it resembles something a child might draw if she were asked to imagine an important document from a long, long time ago. It is written on sheepskin parchment, now the colour of dust, with ink made from oak apples. There are two large holes, obscuring portions of the text, damage inflicted in the eighteenth century, “possibly from damp,” a curator told me. The Declaration is conventionally broad and rectangular until the signature portion, which, instead of signed names, consists of long strips of parchment bearing the wax stamps of each signatory.

For most of its lifetime, the Declaration has been held and cared for by the National Records of Scotland, or its predecessors, in Edinburgh. The version we know today is a file copy of the letter sent in 1320, which has since been lost. It is kept in an undisclosed storage site, one of five around the country.

Later this month, however, the Declaration will make a rare appearance in honour of the seven hundredth anniversary of its signing. It will be displayed beneath a glass case alongside the medieval holdings of the National Museum of Scotland, in Edinburgh. The Declaration of Arbroath is best understood as an official letter to Pope John XXII from Robert the Bruce’s government. Between forty and fifty Scottish barons and freeholders added their seals as signature, but the sentiment, if not the exact wording, is widely believed to have come from Bruce’s office. (Some historians have wondered whether the Scottish noblemen who added their names did so under pressure, as proof of loyalty.) It’s around a thousand words long and written in Latin, and begins, after flattery for the Pope (“devout kisses of his blessed feet”), with an overview of Scotland’s glorious past. 

The most famous passage in the document, where much of its enduring power comes from, is one that many Scots know by heart. It is a stirring and potent declaration of Scottish independence, one that has resurfaced through the centuries at critical junctures. “As long as a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be subjected to the lordship of the English,” the passage goes. “It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.”

what is The Declaration of Arbroath ?

The Declaration of Arbroath is a letter Robert the Bruce sent to the Pope to affirm the independence of Scotland in the face of a war against England. Robert the Bruce tours – the outlaw King of Scotland

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the 700th anniversary of the signing of the The Declaration of Arbroath is widely acknowledged as one of Scotland’s most important documents, and the Declaration was sent from Arbroath Abbey to Pope John in Avignon on 6 April 1320. It was a major influence on the wording of America’s Declaration of Independence 400 years later

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could Jamie be the new James Bond ?

Daniel Craig has announced the next Bond film No time to Die will be his last outing as Bond . But who will be the new James Bond ?

Scottish star Heughan – best known for appearing in time-travel drama Outlander – is among the names regularly linked with the job. Outlander news from Outlander tours

Vin Diesel – who stars alongside Heughan in comic book movie Bloodshot – believes he is capable of filling Craig’s shoes.

He told the PA news agency: “Of course he’d make a good James Bond. He’d make a good anything.”

Before the release of 2015’s Spectre, his fourth 007 movie, Craig famously said he would rather “rather slash my wrists” than reprise the role.

Alongside 39-year-old Heughan, other actors mentioned as possible Craig replacements include The Bodyguard’s Richard Madden, McMafia’s James Norton and Luther’s Idris Elba.

Heughan plays a modified super soldier in Bloodshot and director David S F Wilson agreed with Diesel and said he would be a perfect fit for Bond.

“I would be there opening weekend for Sam as James Bond,” he said at the film’s premiere in Los Angeles.

“Sam is one of the nicest human beings I have ever worked with. Consummate professional, everybody loves him, very gracious with his talents.

“He’s a lovely, lovely gentleman and if he should make the cut I will be there opening weekend, for sure.”

Wilson added: “When we were casting, I was a big fan of Sam’s to begin with, and his audition tape was just there with everyone else’s, which was bizarre to me. He didn’t even have to audition, he was just on the list of people I wanted in my movie.”

Bloodshot is set to arrive in UK cinemas on March 13.

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Is the the Outlander effect really a “double edged sword” ?

The BBC have reported that tourism is booming in Scotland , not least because of the Outlander effect. But is that , as they claim , really a double edged sword ? I am quite surprised to see the BBC publishing this article based on rather flimsy evidence . Is this their attempt to emulate the Daily Mail , which publishes hundreds of articles a day on anything and everything ?

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Doune Castle, near Stirling, has benefitted the most as visitor numbers have risen by 200%.

Wear and tear on footpaths and even items being taken as souvenirs are among the problems reported .

Outlander, screened on Amazon Prime in the UK, follows the adventures of time-travelling World War Two nurse Claire, played by Caitriona Balfe, and Sam Heughan’s 18th Century Jacobite Highlander Jamie Fraser.

Outlander season five is released today, 17 February ,in the UK with Scottish locations standing in for places in 18th Century North America.

All of the filming for the first four seasons was done at locations across Scotland .

Since filming was first done at Doune Castle in 2013, visitor numbers have risen from 38,000 a year to 142,000.

Visits to Blackness Castle at Linlithgow, another of the locations, have increased from 15,000 to 58,000.

Researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University have studied the Outlander effect on 25 of the shows locations across Scotland and seen a 45% rise in visitors to the sites over four years, “well in excess” of increases experienced at other Scottish attractions.

Even Outlander’s theme song, The Skye Boat Song, has had an impact on tourism.

Prof John Lennon, of Glasgow Caledonian University, said “We had a researcher looking at this in the context of Skye where she found almost half the visitors she interviewed were there because of the Outlander title sequence.

“They were then asking ‘where are the stones?’, and the stones in the title sequence are actually on Lewis – the Calanais Stones.”

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Edinburgh has its best ever year for filming

Filming of the new Fast & Furious blockbuster in Edinburgh was worth £5.2 million to its economy and helped the city to one of its most lucrative ever years as a destination for movie and TV shoots, according to official industry figures.


Vin Diesel’s new movie, which was shot across three weeks in the autumn and involved more than 50 road closures, saw a 500-strong crew descend on the city.

Tyrese Gibson and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges were among the other stars spotted on the streets of the city, which can be clearly seen in the first trailer for the movie, due for release in May, which has been viewed more than 31 million times in the space of 12 days.

The Film Edinburgh commission, which is charged with attracting major productions to the city, said nearly 1500 temporary local jobs were created, including 865 extras and 50 marshals.

Edinburgh’s bumper year for location filming, worth £14.4m to the economy in total, was the second most valuable since records began.

The last 12 months also saw Will Ferrell shoot scenes for new comedy Eurovision and Netflix star Vanessa Hudgens film new Christmas movie, The Princess Switch: Switched Again.

TV shows to use Edinburgh included Belgravia, a new ITV drama from the makers of Downton Abbey, which was shot in the New Town, and BBC drama Elizabeth is Missing, which used Portobello.

The most lucrative year previously was 2017, when filming of scenes for Avengers: Infinity War, Outlaw King and Mary Queen of Scots helped generate £16.1m for the economy.
Film Edinburgh manager Rosie Ellison said: “Last year again proved to be a huge spike in the value of film and TV production in the region, with a total of 340 filmed productions with an economic impact of £14.4m, an increase of 153 per cent on 2018.

“This includes expenditure on local crew and facilities, locations and services, accommodation and transportation.

“The spike was largely the result of attracting a major Hollywood production which single-handedly created a third of the economic benefit to the city. Fast & Furious, one of the most popular film series of all time, chose the city centre as one of its key locations, putting it centre stage to hundreds of millions of fans around the world.

“Filming took place over 19 days in September, with a further two months of ‘prep and strike’ surrounding filming days.

“More than 500 crew came with the production company, with a resulting boost to accommodation providers and the hospitality sector, as well as to the locations and production services employed locally. But they also gave employment to a further 1440 local people, including 856 ‘extras’ and over 50 new industry entrants, given jobs as location marshals.”

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Billie Eilish is singing the new Bond theme

Billie Eilish has said that performing the theme song to the upcoming James Bond film is a “life goal”.

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Last month, Eilish confirmed that she was recording the theme for upcoming Bond film, No Time To Die, making her the youngest artist in history to do so.

The ‘Ocean Eyes’ singer posted an image of the iconic spy franchise’s logo on Instagram, alongside the caption: “No Time To Die, guess what i’m doing.”

Describing the honour at the time, Eilish said: “It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way. To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honour. James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock”.

when is the new James Bond film coming out ?

the new James Bond film coming out on 3 April in the UK

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Outlander star becomes Edinburgh Castle guide

Outlander star and Ian Rankin become Edinburgh Castle ‘tour guides’

Outlander star Andrew Gower, who portrayed Bonnie Prince Charlie in the time-travel series, will voice the Young Pretender, while Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin discusses the “Black Dinner” at Edinburgh Castle and the inspiration behind Game of Thrones’ most famous episode, the “Red Wedding”.

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Stars including actors Saoirse Ronan and Bill Paterson, Rebus writer Ian Rankin and Scottish pop duo The Proclaimers have lent their voices to a new audio guide to the iconic fortress.

Four-time Oscar nominee Ronan, 25, who played Mary, Queen of Scots in the recent film of her life, will guide visitors in a section devoted to the tragic monarch, and describe what Mary might have gone through while giving birth in the King’s Birth Room.

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Now showing Seasons 1-4, with season 5 on air next week , the show is massive hit . Many Outlander filming locations in Scotland, have seen their visitor numbers increase hugely and you can see the sights of this hit show with Outlander tours from Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Others taking visitors on a brand new journey through the castle’s history include Scots Makar Jackie Kay; Ian Hamilton, who took the Stone of Destiny from Westminster Abbey in 1950; war correspondent Orla Guerin and comedian Susan Morrison.

The guide, launched by Historic Environment Scotland (HES), is narrated by broadcasters Sally Magnusson and Eddie Mair.

Many of the celebrity cast read first-person accounts of important events and episodes from the castle’s rich history, bringing to life figures such as Bonnie Prince Charlie, Oliver Cromwell and Sir Walter Scott, whose vivid description of rediscovering the Honours in 1818 is read by Scots actor Paterson.

Others shed light on particular stories and buildings and explore its living legacy, including The Proclaimers who discuss performing on the Castle Esplanade.

They are joined by a host of specialists who work in the castle today, offering visitors an insight into the workings of the 21st century castle. They include the One o’Clock Gunner and the woman who conserves the armour.

The audio guide also includes readings of poetry, prose and biography, with some verses in Gaelic, medieval Scots and Old Welsh that go back 1400 years into the castle’s past. Two pieces of music from the 13th and 18th centuries were recorded specially for the project.

Developed by HES and produced in collaboration with Antenna International, the guide is believed to be the first of its kind to tell both historic and contemporary stories about a heritage site through such a wide range of different voices. It is available in 11 languages, with translations offered expanded to include Korean and Brazilian Portuguese.

HES chief executive Alex Paterson said: “Edinburgh Castle is Scotland’s top paid-for visitor attraction, and we are committed to investing in the site and finding new and inventive ways of engaging a wide range of people with its history.

“We’re delighted that a host of talented figures – including our own staff – have been involved in this project and contributed to the ongoing legacy of the castle in such a unique way.

“This new audio guide will allow visitors to connect more closely with the living history of the castle and gain new insights into the story of Scotland’s greatest fortress.”

Tartan noir author Rankin, 59, reveals in the guide how he draws inspiration from the castle’s darker heritage for his bestselling Rebus novels.

He said: “For many people around the globe, Edinburgh Castle is Edinburgh. It is symbolic of the city’s staying power and majesty and remains a focus of local and national pride.

“I first visited as a child. Fifty years on, I still walk its slopes with a sense of awe. It is a privilege to play a small part in its modern-day story.”

Edinburgh’s Castle Rock has been a stronghold for over 3000 years. The castle itself was constructed in the 12th century and is home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, amongst the oldest regalia in Europe, and the Stone of Destiny.

The One O’Clock Gun has been fired from the ramparts almost every day since 1861 and St Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest building in Edinburgh, is one of the most romantic places to get married. It attracts around two million visitors per year.

The audio guide is available, priced £3.50 for an adult, £2.50 for concession and £1.50 for a child.

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Outlander Valentine gifts

“Outlander” is not back on TV until next week , but a Sassenach’s love for the Starz drama never fades. Surprise your lovely lass with an “Outlander”- inspired Valentine’s Day  tour or one of these “Outlander”-themed Valentine’s Day gifts on February  14, and you’ll be able to say you’re the Jamie to her Claire. Outlander tours of Scotland – call +44131-549-9785 now for availability Private tours Edinburgh 0131-549-9785 . 

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Our collection of these “Outlander”-themed Valentine’s Day gifts include t-shirts, mugs, phone cases, prints, posters and throw pillows.

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Jamie and Claire fans will love an “Outlander”- inspired Valentine’s Day  tour

Ideally, an “Outlander” gift will make the hiatus easier to deal with. Season 3 ended in December with Jamie and Claire landing on the shores of the U.S. They’ll make the colonies their home in Season 4, but “Outlander” fans know that the Frasers won’t be able to avoid trouble for long. Find out more about Season 4 filming has started in Scotland .

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