Jeremy Foster was a young lieutenant in the British Army, stationed in the Scottish Highlands. He first appeared in the episode Rent. He was killed after the Battle of Prestonpans by Dougal MacKenzie.

Personal HistoryEdit

Not much is known about Lieutenant Foster, except that he seems to feel a strong responsibility to protect Claire, an Englishwoman, from her hostile Scottish companions.

Events of the NovelsEdit

Foster does not exist in the books.

Events of the TV SeriesEdit

Season OneEdit

Lieutenant Jeremy Foster first appears when he asks Claire if she requires any assistance while being harassed by her Scottish companions. His offer to help is quickly quelled by the Scots, who outnumber him significantly, and by Claire's insistence that she is all right. Later, Foster appears again, this time accompanied by several other redcoats, and while Claire once again politely refuses his help, he insists she accompany him to meet Brigadier General Lord Thomas at the local army headquarters. Dougal MacKenzie travels with them to Brockton.

Season TwoEdit

Foster meets Dougal MacKenzie once more on the battlefield, after the Highlanders have charged through the British camp. Foster spots Dougal, who is apparently delivering the coup de grâce to fallen soldiers while taking inordinate pleasure in the business, and calls him out. Dougal sits down beside the lieutenant, who makes the mistake of telling his enemy that though they have won the battle, they cannot win the war. Dougal drives his dirk into Foster's belly, and throttles him until he dies.


Jeremy was a honorable man. Without knowing Claire or her circumstances that brought her to be with Clan MacKenzie he felt it his duty to protect her as she is an Englishwoman.

Physical AppearanceEdit

Jeremy was tall, standing over six feet, and had blue eyes and brown hair, which he kept neatly tied back.


  • Jeremy is the Medieval English form of JEREMIAH,[2] which is from the Hebrew name יִרְמְיָהוּ (Yirmiyahu) which meant "YAHWEH has uplifted".[3][4]
  • Foster is an English surname which has several possible origins:[5]
    • Possible variant of FORESTER, a keeper or one in charge of a forest or one who has charge of growing timber in a forest.[6][7]
    • From the occupational name for a scissor maker derived from Old French forcetier.[8]
    • Occupational name for a woodworker derived from Old French fustrier.[9]
    • Nickname given to a person who was a foster-child or foster-parent.[10]


TV SeriesEdit

Main article: Outlander (TV series)

English actor Tom Brittney portrays Lt. Jeremy Foster in the STARZ Outlander television series.


Season One

Season Two



  1. IMDB:Tom Brittney - accessed 12 July 2016
  2. Behind the Name: Jeremy - accessed 12 May 2016
  3. Behind the Name: Yahweh Name of the Hebrew God- accessed 12 May 2016
  4. Behind the Name: Jeremiah - accessed 12 May 2016
  5. Behind the Name: Foster - accessed 12 May 2016
  6. Behind the Name Surname: Forster 1 - accessed 12 May 2016
  7. Behind the Name Surname: Forester -accessed 12 May 2016
  8. Behind the Name Surname: Foster 2 - accessed 12 May 2016
  9. Behind the Name Surname: Foster 3 - accessed 12 May 2016
  10. Behind the Name Surname: Foster 4 - accessed 12 May 2016

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