Outlander season seven will be airing in the summer but in the meantime fans have many questions about the story, including Captain Black Jack Randall and his family tree.
WARNING: This article contains spoilers from all seasons of Outlander and the books
Season seven of Outlander will debut on June 16 taking material from A Breath of Snow and Ashes and An Echo in the Bone. There will be a total of 16 episodes in the new series, which has been split in half with the first block coming out this year and the second part at some point in 2024. With the forthcoming series still a few months away, some fans have been going back to the previous outings and books to wait out of the Droughtlander – the name given to the show’s off-season.
Did Captain Black Jack have any children in Outlander?
One plot point fans are keen to know more about is the evil Captain Jonathan ‘Black Jack’ Randall (played by Tobias Menzies) and his family tree.
Throughout Outlander, family trees and genealogy are integral to the story with Outlander author Diana Gabaldon continuing to create links between the main characters as well as exploring their lineage.
Black Jack was the son of Denys Randall and Jessica Wolverton, along with his brothers Edward and Alexander Randall (Laurence Dobiesz).
Alex had an affair with Mary Hawkins (Rosie Day) and she fell pregnant with their son Denys.
Sadly, Alex died but shortly before his demise he asked his brother Black Jack to marry Mary and protect his son.
So, Black Jack doesn’t have any children of his own but he is the legal father of Denys.
Denys and indeed Black Jack are historian Frank Randall’s (also Menzies) ancestors hence the family resemblance.
Not much is known about Edward Randall but in the Outlander books, Alex is featured in the second novel Dragonfly in Amber when both Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and Claire Fraser (Caitríona Balfe) encountered him in Paris.
Edward sends Alex, who has tuberculosis and congestive heart failure and is dying, money but won’t take him in due to his wife’s religious beliefs.
Instead, his brother Black Jack is the one to care for him despite his dark nature and married Mary to protect her child.
Depending on the trajectory of the Outlander TV show, viewers could well see more of Black Jack and his family.
In fact, the eighth novel Written in My Own Heart’s Blood again sees Roger MacKenzie (Richard Rankin) encountering the Redcoat again.
From the novels, it seems Black Jack’s sadistic nature is just something within him rather than the rest of his family.
Previously, speaking about Black Jack, author Gabaldon said: “He’s a pervert. He’s a sadist. He derives sexual pleasure from hurting people, but he’s not particular about the gender of a victim.”
She went on to say he was an “equal opportunities offender” when it came to inflicting pain on his victims.
Gabaldon continued: “However, given his position (garrison commander) and the structure of the culture he’s in, he has much easier access to male prisoners, whom he can torture at leisure.
“But he’ll take women when he can get them—vide his reaction to finding Claire wandering around by herself.”
The writer said women generally remained either in their father’s or their husband’s home and would never be unaccompanied in the Highlands.
She added about Black Jack’s first attempted assault in the story: “Claire is, which is why she draws so much unwholesome interest.”