While not everything in Outlander is entirely historically accurate, you may be surprised to learn that some characters are in fact based on real people who lived centuries ago.
If you are an Outlander fan, you will know that not everything depicted in the series is entirely historically accurate.
Although author Diana Gabaldon undertook extensive research to make the original novels as realistic as possible, some liberties are taken in the show for the sake of making entertaining television.
The matter of main character Claire Randall travelling back in time to 1743 — and Claire herself — is, of course, entirely fictional, many aspects of the series are actually very accurate. From costumes to the use of Scots Gaelic, those behind the scenes work to ensure that many are as realistic as feasibly possible.
Many of the characters are also based on people who actually existed centuries ago. These range from more obvious historic figures to some you may have had no idea were inspired by real people.
Read on for a roundup of five Outlander characters based on real historical figures.
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While Claire was made up by Outlander author Diana Gabaldon, fellow protagonist Jamie Fraser actually does have some historical basis. In fact, he was inspired by both a wounded Jacobite solider who survived the Battle of Culloden and a Scottish laird who hid in a cave for seven years after Culloden.
If you have seen the third season of Outlander, you will be familiar with the villainous Geillis Duncan — though you may be unaware that she was based on a real-life historical figure. Though the real Geillis Duncan was not a time traveller, she was a was a teenage maidservant who, like her fictional counterpart, was accused of witchcraft.
Charles Edward Stuart
This one is a little more obvious, as you are likely aware that Charles Edward Stuart, also known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, was very much a real person. Portrayed by English actor Andrew Gower, he has become a fan-favourite character.
Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat — Jamie’s paternal grandfather in the show — was based on real-life Jacobite and Chief of Clan Fraser (of Lovat) Simon Fraser, the 11th Lord Lovat. The real-life figure is said to have been as sly as he is on screen, and became the last man in Britain to be publicly beheaded after the defeat at Culloden.
King Louis XV
Another one that those with some history knowledge will likely be aware of, Louis XV was in fact King of France from 1715 to 1774. He appears in the show’s second, when he strikes a deal with Claire to release Jamie from prison.