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"🎶 Sing me a song, of a lass that is gone.
Say, could that lass be I?
Merry of soul she sailed on a day
Over the sea to Skye."
~ The Skye Boat Song (Outlander Theme Song lyrics)
Of the many available Scottish-themed romance novels, the Outlander novels (and television series) stand above for their devoted cult following. The recent television series, with its inspired casting and marvelous costuming has been responsible for the "Outlander Effect" a resurgence of interest in Scottish history, culture, and fashion. The oft-used term in this series, "Sassenach" is Gaelic for “Outlander” or “English" and refers to Claire Randall, the novel's narrator and heroine. Both the Irish Sasanach or Gaelic Sasunnach (derived from the Gaelic Sasunn and Old English Seaxan, Saxon) have been historically and pejoratively used as a mild oath to describe an English person, foreigner, or even a Lowland Scot! However, the Outlander novels and series have succeeded in also making it a playful and intimate term of endearment, particularly used by Highlander Jamie towards Claire in scenes and dialogue which make Highland, Lowland, and Sassenach hearts flutter everywhere! This tartan is one of several designed for use in the television series. 📚 🎥 🍿
Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. The show premiered in 2014 with Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, a married World War II nurse in 1945 who finds herself transported back to Scotland in 1743, where she encounters the dashing Highland warrior Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and becomes embroiled in the Jacobite risings.
Outlander (published in the United Kingdom as Cross Stitch) is the first in a series of eight historical multi-genre novels by Diana Gabaldon published in 1991. A mix of several genres, the Outlander series features elements of historical fiction, romance, adventure and science fiction/fantasy.
Outlander won the Romance Writers of America's RITA Award for Best Romance of 1991.
One of several different tartans created for the television series, this tartan uses ancient and weathered colours to simulate the natural wools and dyes available in the time period of the story.
For more about this series, click the picture of Jamie and Claire.