‘Outlander’: What Did Jamie Say in His Prayer To Dougal?

by Jeremy Spirogis
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In the March 29 episode of Outlander, Jamie (Sam Heughan) is lastly pressured to enter the battle he’s been avoiding. But earlier than the struggle, he invokes a prayer to his late uncle and battle chieftain. Jamie utters the phrases in Gaelic, however many are questioning precisely what he stated in his emotional prayer to Dougal.

[Spoiler alert: This article accommodates spoilers for Outlander, season 5, episode 7.]

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Why did Jamie pray to Dougal on ‘Outlander’?

In the “Ballad of Roger Mac,” Jamie finds himself caught in between two sides of a battle he by no means needed to struggle. On one hand, he made a deal to remain loyal to Governor Tryon (Tim Downie) in alternate for Fraser’s Ridge and the security of his household and associates who dwell there. 

But however, he is aware of Murtagh (Duncan LaCroix) is main the Regulators, and he doesn’t wish to struggle his personal godfather. Plus, Jamie has already fought the British crown for freedom again in Scotland, and he is aware of why preventing for freedom is so vital.

So earlier than the battle, Jamie heads to the river, cuts open his hand, and says a prayer. Claire (Caitriona Balfe) comes upon him and assumes he’s praying to God. But Jamie tells her he’s truly calling on his uncle, Dougal MacKenzie (performed by Graham McTavish in season 1).

This confuses Claire as a result of she is aware of Jamie killed Dougal, and that he wasn’t actually a superb man. Jamie explains that he’s made peace together with his uncle, and on this time of battle, he wants the steerage of his outdated battle chief. It is smart as a result of Dougal was the one who educated Jamie to be the sturdy fighter and warrior he’s today.

What did Jamie say?

When Jamie is emotional, he tends to talk in Gaelic. And that’s precisely what he did together with his prayer to Dougal. On Twitter, Outlander’s Gaelic language guide, Àdhamh Ó Broin, posted a translation of Jamie’s name. 

“Oh brother of my mother,”  Ó Broin translated the prayer in his tweet. “You gave me battle knowledge, but how do I offer battle to my own godfather? Won’t you tell me?”

This translation exhibits that Jamie was asking Dougal for the energy to face Murtagh on the battlefield. He tried his greatest to maintain Murtagh secure from the Red Coats, however being pressured into battle towards him will need to have been one of many hardest issues he’s ever accomplished. 

Another motive Dougal might have been talked about on this episode of ‘Outlander’

Jamie hasn’t talked about Dougal for fairly some time. And it is smart that he invokes his uncle’s identify proper earlier than battle. But there is perhaps another excuse Dougal was talked about. 

In the identical episode, Dougal’s illegitimate son, Buck MacKenzie (Graham McTavish) is launched to the sequence. He is performed by the identical actor that portrayed Dougal, and it appears to be like just like the character is channeling his father’s imply streak. 

It shall be fascinating to see if Jamie and Buck ever meet, and whether or not or not they acknowledge their familial relationship. For Jamie, seeing one other incarnation of Dougal proper after praying to him can be wild. 

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