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Clan Fraser site sealed off

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A ‘pilgrimage’ site for Outlander fans at Culloden Battlefield has been sealed off to the public for repair amid the pressures of rising visitor numbers.

The Clan Fraser stone at the historic battlefield has become a key stop off by fans of the book and spin-off television series, many on Outlander-themed tours, who are keen to tick off Highland landmarks with links to story.Outlander news from Outlander tours Scotland

Clan Fraser is one of the key families in the Outlander story, with lead character Jamie Fraser fighting for the Jacobites at Culloden.

Now, the grave marker, which marks real grave pits dug deep beneath the battlefield, has been cordoned off as the ground becomes eroded, raising concerns about how heritage sites linked to Outlander are conserved amid rising visitor numbers.

Last year, owners National Trust for Scotland sought scheduled monument consent to repair the ground given similar problems. It now appears that these works have not been adequate to deal with the problem, with talks ongoing with Historic Environment Scotland to find a suitable solution.

The Clan Fraser grave marker at Culloden - which marks nearby grave pits of those who fell in the battle - has become a must-see destination among fans of Outlander, which features the Fraser Clan. PIC: Flickr/Heather Loy.
The Clan Fraser grave marker at Culloden – which marks nearby grave pits of those who fell in the battle – has become a must-see destination among fans of Outlander, which features the Fraser Clan. PIC: Flickr/Heather Loy.

Raoul Curtis-Machin, National Trust for Scotland’s Operations Manager at Culloden said: “The area around the grave markers had been suffering wear and tear because visitors had been walking off the main footpath to take a closer look at the stones.

“Worst hit recently is the area around the Fraser Stone, which has become a site of pilgrimage for Outlander fans.

“Last year this was not really an issue because the ground stayed hard in the dry weather, but this year it has become very muddy with the heavy rain. Visitors still have full access to the whole area – we have just cordoned off the worst patch immediately in front of the Fraser Stone.

“We will be topdressing and re-seeding the area in the meantime, according to the Scheduled Ancient Monument consent which has been granted, and we are exploring other solutions with Historic Environment Scotland.”

Last year, a 28 per cent increase in visitor numbers was recorded at the Culloden visitor centre with the ‘Outlander effect’ said to be driving the rise.

VisitScotland is currently analysing how much the Outlander series, which charts the romance of a Highland clansman and his English wife during the 18th Century in Scotland and North America, is worth to the Scottish economy given its huge popularity, particularly amongst the American market.

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Could Frank return in Outlander series 4 ?

Despite his death, Frank remains an important character in Outlander Season 4. After all, he played a huge role in Brianna’s upbringing, and there are going to be comparisons she’ll make between him and her biological father. It’s just human to make comparisons.

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Since the closing of Season 3, the showrunners have been clear that they would like to bring Tobias Menzies back into the series. How is that possible when both his characters are dead? And yes, Black Jack Randall certainly died at Culloden as Claire told him. Now the showrunners have said that Frank will hopefully come back into the series.

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Jack Randall was in command of the garrison at Fort William ( Blackness Castle ) for four years.

In 1740, Jamie Fraser is arrested at Lallybroch while trying to defend Jenny, taken to Fort William and brutally flogged by Jack Randall.

 

It’s all about the flashbacks

Outlander Season 4 could always use flashbacks for Brianna. She’ll still have stories to tell Roger and she’ll continue to watch out for her mother by reading the historical documents to track them. After all, she’ll want to know where her mother is and when she dies.

As she’s going through the documents, Brianna could find something her dad knew or mentioned. She could find paperwork that belonged to him. This would allow her to delve more into stories about him, using flashbacks to tell the stories for the audience.

While we’ve seen some of the scenes from Claire and Frank’s points of view, is it possible that Brianna actually heard some of the arguments? Could she have watched them and those are moments that stand out for her? The flashbacks could be of her side of those arguments.

Filling in the gaps

There are still elements to the story that Outlander hasn’t told yet. Frank wouldn’t have been able to just forget about Jamie. Brianna’s red hair would have prevented that. He had to know done his research, known where he was and what had happened to him. He may have even learned that Claire would eventually go back to the past.

In fact, is it possible that when Frank wanted to take Brianna to England it was to allow Claire to journey back to the past? Did he want to give her the chance to make the decision she wished she could have made years ago?

Outlander Season 4 could fill in some of the gaps, using flashes of Frank to make it easier on the audience.

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