Outlander begins around the time of the Jacobite Rising of 1745. We follow the plight of Claire Randall, a nurse who is mysteriously swept back in time from 1946 to 1743. Seemingly stuck in the past, she meets the handsome Highlander Jamie Fraser. He is a brave soldier and Scottish landowner with Jacobite sympathies, educated in France and handy with a sword. But who were the Jacobites?
Jacobite simply means, in Latin, ‘supporter of James’. The James this refers to is James the VII of Scotland, the last Roman Catholic monarch to reign over the kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland. Invaded by his Protestant son-in-law in 1688 and subsequently overthrown, James was forced into exile in France. Still following?! Over the next sixty years James’ supporters would stage a series of rebellions with the aim of restoring James and his heirs to the throne.