When Claire Randall Fraser (played by Caitriona Bale) first travelled through the Standing Stones, she was plunged into the middle of the MacKenzie
When Claire Randall Fraser (played by Caitriona Bale) first travelled through the Standing Stones, she was plunged into the middle of the MacKenzie Clan’s secret Jacobean activities on Outlander.
Dougal MacKenzie (Graham McTavish) was using his nephew Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) as a means to incite fellow Scottish Highlanders to join the cause of the Jacobites on a regular trip to collect the taxes from the Clan’s residents.
Dougal’s brother Collum McKenzie (Gary Lewis) had no idea of his true agenda, but Claire found out the hard way what was really going on.
But while the action hurtled on and Jamie and Claire’s connection continued to build, there may have been a puzzling blunder in a detail about payment.
Reddit fan HypocriticalCritic pointed out the flaws in the proposed value of the tax payments.
“In Outlander, I recall that Jamie gets about 20 pounds from the taxes that the Dougal squad collects, prompting the ‘Is that it?’ from Claire,” the user posted.
“I know that Claire might not have the best grasp at the interest rate of the pound in the 18th century, but that money is spent to only buy the wedding ring, which isn’t even made out of a pricy substance, like silver etc.
“But in the show (season three), when Laoghaire [Nell Hudson] discovers about Claire’s return and Ned Gowan presents the alimony for the divorce of Jamie and Laoghaire’s arrangement, it’s said to be 20 pounds.
“And they all gasp at it. Two years wages or something like that. What’s up with that?” the fan continued, eager to get to the bottom of the apparent plot hole.
“Did the interest rate of the pound drop a massive amount in twenty years?”
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Puffinchuk first pointed out that “Jamie was paid by Dougal in Scottish pounds, not Sterling”, with fellow fan LadyOfAvalon83 later saying “in the book the alimony was something like £300 but they changed it for the show”.
But without any explanation for the show’s change, £20 seems a disproportionately low amount. Was it intentional?
Ameireaganach considered: “That would make sense. Is there evidence of Highlanders still dealing in Pounds Scots after Scotland officially adopted Pounds Sterling?”
“I think their wealth would have changed dramatically after the rebellion,” tanya-jo guessed finally. “They also had years of poor crops (the potatoes). Maybe higher taxes?”
Despite the confusing taxes, Jamie didn’t really need the extra money, and his work with various business paths ensured the character could live comfortably for the foreseeable future.
The father-of-two turns more frugal in season four of the hit series, building his own home in the woods with his wife Claire.
Will the duo upgrade with the arrival of Brianna Randall Fraser (Sophie Skelton), husband Roger MacKenzie (Richard Rankin) and their baby Jemmy as Frasers’ Ridge continues to grow?
For fans who miss the presence of the dominating Dougal, actor Graham has teased there could be a huge twist and he could be returning to the series in season five or beyond.
In a new interview with sknr.net, the star spoke about his current role on historical drama Preacher when he was suddenly prompted on Outlander.
The publication asked: “While your character is essentially dead in Outlander; in later books his son with Geilis does make an appearance.
“Is there a flashback opportunity? And what was it like filming something that highlighted the history of your culture?”
Keeping his answer short but pivotal, Graham shared: “The beauty of a show that allows time travel is that anything can happen. We shall see…”
Another story point recently discuss was that of Frank Randall’s (Tobias Menzies) betrayal, which is very different in the show to Diana Gabaldon’s original novels.
Outlander season five returns to STARZ and Amazon Prime Video in 2020.