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Outlander Season 5 Premiere Date Announced February 2020

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Starz® just announced today that Season 5 of the Outlander series will premiere on February 16, 2020. The time travel series about a World War II combat nurse Claire, (Caitriona Balfe), her husband Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) continues its next season on Fraser’s Ridge in North Carolina. The Frasers will be dealing with new settlers on the ridge, Jamie seeking recruits for a mustering to hunt down the Regulators and namely his Godfather Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser (Duncan Lacroix). Brianna (Sophie Skelton) and Roger (Richard Rankin) will seek to get married and care for wee Jeremiah together, albeit with their history of contention, there will be some rough roads ahead. Not to mention the ghost of Stephen Bonnet. Will we see Young Ian (John Bell) come back from his time with the Mohawk? There will undoubtably be trouble with Governor Tryon, we know that Tim Downie has had quite a few BTS days on his Instagram feed of late. Marsali and Fergus may get that print shop together after all.

It doesn’t state in the synopsis whether they are taking material from The Fiery Cross, or taking elements of the storyline and possibly blending some of it in with the 6th installment, A Breath of Snow and Ashes. It has been stated by Executive Producer Ronald d. Moore that they may be taking half of a book and blending it with another. The books, if you have read them, are lengthly indeed and very detailed. Not everything translates well to screen. And since Dianna Gabaldon is finishing up another installment, which takes 4 to 5 years, it is quite possible that the series my overtake the book series, much lake Game of Thrones surpassed its authors writing and ended as a series this year. Could it be that Moore and Mathew B. Roberts see that the story line may play out or that Starz® may stop production after two more seasons?

Ah, and there is a big gathering at the beginning of the Fiery Cross, the fifth book in the Outlander series written by Diana Gabaldon with all kinds of drama and mischief.

Starz® released this synopsis for the upcoming season:

Season 5 of “Outlander” finds the Frasers fighting for their family and the home they have forged on Fraser’s Ridge. Jamie must find a way to defend all that he has created in America, and to protect those who look to him for leadership and protection – while hiding his personal relationship with Murtagh Fitzgibbons, the man whom Governor William Tryon has ordered him to hunt down and kill.

With her family together at last, Claire Fraser must use her modern medical knowledge and foresight to prevent them from being ripped apart once again. However, while focusing on protecting others, she risks losing sight of what it means to protect herself.

Meanwhile, Brianna Fraser and Roger MacKenzie have been reunited, but the spectre of Stephen Bonnet still haunts them. Roger strives to find his place – as well as Jamie’s respect – in this new and dangerous time. The Frasers must come together, navigating the many perils that they foresee – and those they can’t

Get Your Tickets to New York Comic Con!

Starz® will have an Outlander Presence at New York Comic Con for a second year with Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, author Diana Gabaldon, and producers Ronald D. Moore and Maril Davis.  For their first NYCCC appearance Duncan Lacroix, Maria Doyle Kennedy and David Berry will be attending. The official Outlander Panel will be at New York Comic Con 2019 will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 5:30 pm ET in The Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden.

Can you survive 5 more months, Sassenachs?

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Busy Outlander Cast Party Hard off Screen

Screen Shot 2019-08-21 at 12.35.09 PMWhile taking a break in filming in the last two weeks, some of the stars have been seeing to personal business and just plain shenanigans.

Last week, Catriona Balfe tied the  knot with fiancé Anthony “Tony” McGill, a music producer, on August 10, 2019. A quiet church wedding in Bruton, Somerset UK. Hopefully this puts to rest a lot of the ugly “shipping” that has been going on in the Outlander feeds about Cait and Sam. The honeymoon is on hold, as Balfe got right back at it with shooting on Monday.

Duncan Lacroix has been catching up on his Instagram account after weeks of Regulator maneuvers. He found his old business card which makes me just want to run out and get some printed myself.

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And a few days back, this “Squad” was celebrating. We don’t know if it’s a combo celebration because another block of filming is done, Producer Matt B. Roberts announced they are just past half way on filming, or that Sam’s new Whiskey line, The Sassenach Unique Spirits, has announced its first release, or various combo party things. But if you just look at that table. Attendees included Duncan Lacroix, David Berry, Sophie Skelton. And how is it Duncan manages to find all of the parties?

We’re still wondering on the story behind calling it Sassenach since he’s a Scot. Check it out at Instagram @sassenachspirits. It’s Sam’s new business venture with Great Glen Company. Check out Much of which will be drunk on the new Clanlands podcast debuting next month with Sam and Graham McTavish talking clan history. Check out the new Instagram at @clanlands.

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Outlander Characters Season 5: Edmund Fanning

imagesAnother upcoming character due to reappear  for Season 5 is Edmund Fanning. We first met Mr. Fanning (Samuel Collings) in season 4 episode 8, Wilmington. Fanning was the unfortunate man who Jamie jabbed as a diversion to distract at the theatre and warn Murtagh of Governor Tryon’s plot to capture him at the taxes raid. What was a hernia was operated on by Claire in front of the theater crowd with the assistance of the vain Governor Tryon. Earlier in the episode, we hear of Fanning’s dealings with the regulator mob and his taking a casket of drink to appease them, and injuring himself.

In the book The Fiery Cross during The Gathering at Mount Helicon, we learn the details of the Governor’s declaration about hunting The Regulators, and Jamie’s mustering of men that he must do to keep Fraser’s Ridge. This is in response to the Hillsborough riots.

Just who was Edmund Fanning that he would become such a close associate and protégé of Governor Tryon? Quite simply, through office, he helped collect through a Poll Tax money for the Governors new Palace. Fanning was a graduate of Yale College in 1957, and studied law there. He had further studies at Kings College, Harvard College, Dartmouth, and Oxford University. He settled in Hillsborough, North Carolina and became an administrator for several  posts he held there. He then became a clerk of the Superior Court in Orange County. He then attained the role of Associate Justice when the residing Judge, Moore, publicly spoke against the new Stamp Act. Moore was later reinstated.

The North Carolina Regulators blamed Fanning for political corruption, embezzlement and the abuse of collecting excessive taxation. The Regulators demanded written accounts of how the Governor’s new palace in New Bern was being funded (Poll Tax). At the courthouse, Regulators served on the jury and trial began on September 1, 1768. The trial was presided over by Judge Fanning was charged along with Francis Nash of extorting money from residents of Hillsborough. He was found guilty of embezzling money (along with Francis Nash) but was fined only one penny per charge.

Later Herman Husband confronted Fanning and challenged his Whig alliance. A Mob of regulators assaulted Fanning and torched his home.

Samuel Collins plays Edmund Fanning and has just finished shooting episodes 5.1 and 5.2 of Outlander Season 5. We assume that one if not both of these episodes covers the trial and The Regulator Riots.


Outlander Season 5 Characters: Dr. George Sims and the Regulator Cause

download-2.jpgAs we all try to survive another season of Droughtlander, it’s time to occupy ourselves with a little American Colonial history that not many outside of North Carolina know: The War of the Regulation. It will be a key factor in action in the upcoming season. For a great background on the upcoming season start reading up on your North Carolina history.

In the book, “The Fiery Cross”,  by Diana Gabaldon, Jamie Fraser is asked to muster a militia and help Gov. Tryon put down a rebellious group calling themselves The Regulators. Claire hears details from a patient, Mr. Goodwin, about his friend Mr. Fanning, and a riot that broke out in Hillsborough. The Regulators created a riot so fierce that Fanning’s home was destroyed, and Goodwin was injured in coming to his aid.

In Outlander Season 4, we are reintroduced to fan favorite Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser, who has suffered under indentured servitude for 12 years. Upon being released he and many others that were brought to the colonies had to make it on their own in the New World. Many could not afford a ship fare to return to their homeland, or feared doing so. While Murtagh suffered servitude, he was lucky and was able to set himself up as a smithy. However he, and many like him, would be subjected to unfair treatment in the form of over taxation in fees. It’s not a new concept with the British Empire, and all colonies fell under British Empire’s exploitation of people and of rich resources from the lands, heavily taxing the colonists for returned finished goods such as cloth and tea. However, it wasn’t just goods that were taxed, it was legal representation.

In the series Outlander’s 4th season, Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) is one of leaders of the group calling themselves The Regulation, or Regulators. There were members in several regional areas, and loosely formed groups with acting leaders. This movement was composed of farmers and anyone else trying to do business living in the burgeoning times, many of whom had lost their property or livelihood due to excessive fees. The chief complaint was over fees for legal representation and taxation. There was no equal representation with due process in the local regions unless they had money for the excessive fees. Colonists wanted a standardization of any fees, and to see them published, not changed on a whim.

The Stamp Act was created to tax duty on newspapers, legal documents, and commercial documents. In 1766 it was repealed and encouraged colonists to take up against other injustices in the colonies.

Standing Up to Political Corruption

There were several factors that played into the forming of the cause and subsequent rising. Population growth pushed at occupants currently in place in 1760-65 North Carolina and crop failure made it impossible to pay any form of taxes on land for the poorer landowners inland for paying off loans with creditors against crops. The rich plantation owners had access to the rivers and larger crops to sell, access to water, slaves for labor, and transport. Then there was corruption of local sheriffs who squeezed colonists for money. Local courts had control over the regions, with officials often corruptible themselves. The colonists considered these regional boroughs to all be corrupt. The colony of North Carolina found itself essentially dealing with a class war.

One early protest, “The Nutbush Address”, was given by George Sims, a school master in 1765. It was given in Nutbush, later Williamsboro, North Carolina. He was persuaded to publish the speech. The speech denounced abuse of power by local officials and the excessive fees they charged. It protested malpractice of laws in the region. He addressed the deeds of a local clerk, a Mr. Benton, and later was jailed and sued by Benton.

The points:

  • Farmer would be taken to court by a creditor
  • Court fees were twice as much as the debt
  • Farmer must obtain lawyer (fees) file in Court (fees) pay a sheriff’s fee
  • Fees were not standardized

Three years later, the Regulators would use the arguments in this address to further heir cause, outlining their rebellion.

Next: Edmund Fanning and The Hillsborough Riots

North Carolina History


Outlander Season 5 Bridge of Allan Night Shoot May 6, 2019


@Stewart9395 Duncan Lacroix arrives 

Great catches by both @Stewart9395 and Outlandish Journeys, one of the tour groups listed on our Outlander Tours page, of some BTS pictures and video on the late afternoon setup and evening shoot for the show’s season 5 first block of shooting in Bridge of Allen, just north of Stirling. The filming took place in the quarry by the golf course, in Mine Woods.

Filming was with Duncan Lacroix (Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser) and the Regulators extras.

I want to thank both Stewart and Outlandish Journeys for taking the time and patience to wait and film, and as always, not film the filming process. If you are lucky and stumble upon filming in your travels, we appreciate it if you do the same. Let’s give everyone the creative space they need.

Video on Outlander Journeys. Check them out at the link below. Give them a like and subscribe.

Video filmed by Outlandish Journeys on May 6, 2019.

Photography by @Stewart9395

And some Regulators.

Duncan Lacroix and Regulators Night Shoot May 6, 2019

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Bridge of Allan Facebook Page

Night shoot spotted on May 6, 2019 by @stewart9395 at Mine Woods, Bridge of Allan, a small town near Stirling, Scotland. None other than Duncan Lacroix was spotted going in and reconnoitering the area, and what looks to be the Regulators forming up. Production area is a camp scene and small crossroads or trading area in the wooded area around the quarry. The Movie Makers equipment trailers and lorries are up and in position.

Check out the Bridge of Allan Facebook page @bridgeofallan for all the up to dates as locals snap shots.


photo by @stewart9395

If you are fortunate to be in Scotland for the next few days, May 6-8, you may catch some of the filming. Maybe even give a Regulator a hug. They will need it.

Mine Woods Walk Map and Access Guide

Wolf’s Hole Quarry Guide

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Photos @Stewart9395 and @bridgeofallan Facebook Page

Outlander, Droughtlander

We’re here, in Outlander Purgatory again. Season 5 has been in production with scripts and set building for a month, and recently Duncan Lacroix stated on his Instagram he was heading back to Scotland from his month long trip in New Zealand, for Season 5 prep. Jon Gary Steele dropped hints on construction beginning on the ‘Big house’, a spoiler from the books. So, we are looking at at least a year before we see Season 5, meaning winter or spring 2020? Better get yourself occupied.

Season 5 will encompass much of Diana Gabaldon’s book, The Fiery Cross. We have the cliff hanger of the season, where Jamie Fraser is told he must muster men and seek out and assassinate is Godfather Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser, one of the leaders of The Regulators. Going into this season, a Jamie storyline will be infused with a conflict, where he and Murtagh will be on two sides of an ideal. Going forward, show runner Ron Moore had stated that rather than each season involving a book, there may be half of a book covered, or scenes from another book brought forward in time. Rejoice in the fact that you have Season 5 and 6 in the wings.

Caitriona Balfe Talks Season Finale

Recently, I and other fans who are enrolled in Starz Insider, got to participate in an end of season, in-depth survey about the direction the show was taking. Very specific questions were asked about each of the characters, the relationship outcomes, rating the stars performances in the series, and more. I get the feeling they are considering having a hand in more of what goes on in the scriptwriting in the future, to give feedback to the writer’s room on the relationships and characters. Hopefully this means that you may be heard about some of your favorite characters and plot lines. I think this kind of survey can be helpful and harmful to the series at the same time. We’ll see what happens. Many of you vote on online star contests, thinking that this will boost your favorite character, but when it comes down to it, a survey like this can mean a great deal more.

Season 4 Cliffhanger Explained

So what do you do to survive Outlander Purgatory? Here’s a few things you are probably already doing, and if you are not, get started.

  1. Watch the series from the beginning. yes, you will drive everyone you love insane. Call your friends and just get together and watch it.
  2. Take a free, online class at Open University Scotland on Scottish History. Brush up on The American Colonial Revolution. You think you know it, but really you probably don’t.
  3. Read The Fiery Cross. Keep in mind they will be deviating and swapping storylines from here on out, even more so than in this season, but your should still read it.
  4. GO TO SCOTLAND. Yes, if you can get it together and have been saving up, go! Track down some of the many filming locations here on my ever updating and changing Google Doc Outlander Locations in Scotland. Please feel free to contact me and tell us of your experiences traveling to these sites. Here is an itinerary idea from Visit Scotland. Does not include all of the seasons sites. These are free ideas on touring.
  5. Want someone else to drive? There are a few good Outlander themed travel agencies and some not so good ones, and some you have to book well in advance. I have heard some good things about Mary’s Meanders.
  6. Go to Outlander Themed conventions. There were a few announcements this week for Rick Rankin at Portland Wizard World and Duncan Lacroix at Sasnak City, and Highlanders 4 Starfury Conventions UK. Please keep in mind that stars do cancel at some events if production or gigs come up. Not a guarantee.