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How was yer first time, Jamie? Did ye bleed?
— Rupert, Outlander


Rupert MacKenzie was a tacksman of clan MacKenzie, and a cousin of Colum and Dougal. He was one among the group of men that Claire met soon after stepping through the stones.

Personal HistoryEdit

Rupert was Dougal and Colum's cousin; their fathers were brothers. Rupert fought on Dougal's right hand side as Ian Murray did for Jamie. He was a widower, and had a lease on a small farm.[1]

Events of the NovelsEdit

PersonalityEdit

Claire's first impression on meeting him is that he is a ruffian.[2] He is constantly making ribald remarks, much to the entertainment of his fellows. He is also one of Dougal's best marksman and deemed the best with a dirk.

Physical AppearanceEdit

Rupert is described as a fat greasy man with a black beard.[2]

NameEdit

  • Rupert is a Low German form of Robert,[3] grom the Germanic name Hrodebert meaning "bright fame", derived from the Germanic elements hrod "fame" and beraht "bright".[4]
  • MacKenzie is the anglicized form of MacCoinnich, a Gaelic patronymic name meaning "son of Coinneach". The personal name Coinneach means "handsome" or "comely".[5][6]

TriviaEdit

  • In the Outlander television adaptation episode Vengeance is Mine, Rupert's story deviates from the novels. Instead of dying in the church from a punctured lung, Rupert survives and only loses an eye. His reprieve proves temporary, however; within days of the Battle of Culloden, Rupert is executed as a traitor, along with nearly every other Jacobite soldier.

TV SeriesEdit

Main article: Outlander (TV series)

Scottish actor Grant O'Rourke portrays Rupert in the STARZ Outlander television adaptation.

AppearancesEdit


GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Outlander, chapter 13.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Outlander, chapter 3.
  3. Behind the name: Rupert - accessed 07 June 2016
  4. Behind the Name: Robert - accessed 07 June 2016
  5. Behind the Name
  6. Ancestry.com

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