One thing to be said for Dougal MacKenzie was that an encounter with him stimulated the mental processes, out of the sheer necessity of trying to figure out what he was actually up to at any given moment.

Dougal MacKenzie is the War Chieftain of Clan MacKenzie. His older brother Colum is the ruling Laird but would be nothing without Dougal, his loyal right hand. He is a skilled and experienced warrior. A strong leader, he commands respect in any setting and is feared by many. Unlike his brother, Dougal secretly supports the rebel cause against the British.

Personal HistoryEdit

When Dougal MacKenzie's father Jacob MacKenzie died unexpectedly, Dougal might have been chosen as clan leader over his disabled brother, but because he did not conduct himself well during the situation regarding his sister Ellen's elopement, it was thought such a reckless and hot-headed young man did not have the right judgment for leadership. However, when the brothers stood firm together, it was decided that Colum would become laird, and Dougal became the war-chieftain to lead the clan in time of battle.

Events of the NovelsEdit


Dougal is fearless and amply qualified to lead the Clan MacKenzie in battle. He doesn't hesitate to use anything and anyone, even family members for his own good or the good of the Clan. A staunch Jacobite, he uses his nephew's scarred back to stir up anti-English sentiment among the MacKenzie tenants.

Physical AppearanceEdit

Dougal bears several strong MacKenzie characteristics – tall in stature, deepset eyes and broad cheekbones. He has hazel eyes, thick dark brows and russet-colored hair and beard. He radiates an air of command. Claire finds him good looking and not unfriendly. He is very charming with the ladies.



  • Dougal is the anglicized form of the Gaelic name Dùghall, which meant "dark stranger" from dubh "dark" and gall "stranger".[2] One of the names given to the invading Vikings, probably for the darker-haired Danes.[3]
  • MacKenzie is the anglicized form of MacCoinnich, a Gaelic patronymic name meaning "son of Coinneach". The personal name Coinneach means "handsome" or "comely".[4][5]


TV SeriesEdit

Main article: Outlander (TV series)

Scottish actor Graham McTavish portrays Dougal in the STARZ Outlander television series.


Season One

Season Two



  1. Year of birth as included in the MacKenzie family tree in The Outlandish Companion
  2. Dougal name meaning --
  3. Johnson, Geoffrey. O'Baby: The Irish Baby Name Book. Accessed 17 August 2014.
  4. Behind the Name

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