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


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]


  • 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]


  • 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.




  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

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