Revised and Improved – So what is your ‘Official Outlander name’ in Gàidhlig?

Note that I have reworked this list and added additional names. First, the list is now alphabetized by English name which I hope will make it much easier to use. I have also come across a list of name translations from a book circa the early 1900’s thanks to KristenK! These names have been added to the list but I don’t have pronunciations for them.

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Àdhamh Ó Broin (@an_comhghallach), Gàidhlig ambassador extraordinaire and tutor to the Outlander cast and crew, invites you to find your name below and then use your imagination to hear him (or Sam if you prefer) saying the following in his best ‘How to Speak Outlander’ voice:

 “Say it with me,  __insert your Gàidhlig name here__ . You now have your own official OUTLANDER name! Latha math leibh!”

If there is no pronunciation guide given, then it is pronounced the same as English or I don’t have a pronunciation for the name yet. Also, keep in mind that because some of our more modern names don’t truly exist in Gàidhlig, what is given here is an approximation using the equivalent Gàidhlig spelling for the English sounds.

Abigail –  Abagail /AHbagle/ ‘gle’ like in waggle

Adam – Àdhamh /AHgiv/

Adeline – Àdailin /AHdaleen/

Adriana – Driàna /DreeAHna/

Agnes – Una

Alana – Alàna / /

Albert – Ailbert

Alice – Ailis

Alexander – Alasdair

Alison – Àlasan / ALison

Allan – Ailean

Amber – Òmarag /AWmarak/

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Episode 68: An interview with ‘Outlander’s’ bard, Gillebride MacMillan


Don’t miss this treat of an interview with Outlander’s Bard Gillebride MacMillan. He was one of the nicest people I had the opportunity to meet while I was in Scotland. He talks about growing up in Uist with Gaelic as his first language, his music and much more. Hmm. I wonder if I could afford to hire him as my Gàidhlig tutor. ;-)

Originally posted on The Outlander Podcast™:

In this episode, we discuss recent announcements, and share our interview with Outlander‘s own Gwyllyn the Bard, Gillebride MacMillan.

Find out more about Gillbride at his website, http://www.gillebride.com/.

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Monday morning treat – A wee Gàidhlig lesson with Àdhamh

Here’s a great treat to help get us through #Droughtlander, a wee interview and Gàidhlig lesson with Àdhamh. Here’s to hoping the UK really does get Outlander in 2015!

Outlander’s Gaelic coach Àdhamh Ó Broin gives us a crash course in the beautiful language

I couldn’t help but notice that the interview was conducted on the campus of the University of Glasgow in the quad and cloister. This should look a bit familiar to Harry Potter fans. (Think Dumbledore’s death.)


Episode 65: Speaking ‘Outlander’ and sundry with Àdhamh Ó Broin


Another wonderful episode by Ginger and Summer with an extra special treat of an interview with Àdhamh!

Originally posted on The Outlander Podcast™:

In this episode, we discuss recent announcements, and share the second part of our interview with Gàidhlig teacher and consultant, Àdhamh Ó Broin. Àdhamh also declaims “Tha ball-ratha sìnte riut,” and shares his beautiful voice with us.

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The poem Àdhamh read was “Tha ball-ratha sìnte riut” by Alasdair mac Mhaighstir Alasdair. Many thanks to Dr. Michael Newton for permission to use his copyrighted English translation of the poem, which appears in his book The Naughty Little Book of Gaelic. (Do check out Dr. Newton’s own blog, The Virtual Gael.)

There is a lucky limb stretched against you

That has made a thousand conquests:

An excellent penis that is leathery, well-equipped,

Sharp-pointed, piercing, firm,

Lubricated, sinewy, chanter-like,

Strong, durable, long-enduring,

Vigorous, powerful, joyous,

That would not jilt either soft or hard (body).

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A Modern Sassenach in Old Scotland


Here is Candida’s excellent account of our Outlandish Scottish adventures.

Originally posted on Candida's Musings:

The history, beauty and majesty of Scotland has always called to me. It’s the only country I’ve now visited three times in my life. My most recent quest came on the heels of the Outlander Season 1 Part 1 finale. I am not embarrassed to admit I ventured halfway across the globe to walk in Claire’s and Jamie’s footsteps. I have to say – I had a blast!

However, I wasn’t alone on this adventure. My good friend Mandy Tidwell and I visited as many locations as we possibly could in the short time we had. We even squeezed in a few non-Outlander related historical sites which were no less fascinating.

As October 20th is Claire Elizabeth Beauchamp Randall Fraser’s 96th birthday, I can think of no better way than to celebrate by walking in her footsteps. The following are some of my favorite moments of the trip, standing where she…

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Ending on a high note – will ye no come back again? – Scotland Day 15

Awoke early on my final day in Scotland as I just didn’t want to miss anything. I also made a start at figuring out just how I’m going to get everything back in my suitcase. With one suitcase packed, I called it a good beginning and resolved to worry about the rest later.

Candida and I headed out on a final day of visiting Outlander filming sites, not feeling in the least guilty that we hand tempted Miss S. to join us once again. We arrive at our designated meeting place at Linlithgow Palace in good time only to find the car park and street overflowing with cars. Turns out that there was a funeral at the church just adjacent to the Palace. We backtracked and found a spot at a pay and display lot and then walked back up the hill to the Palace.

Found our compatriot with no problems, purchased our tickets and ….within minutes lost Candida in the myriad nooks and crannies available in Linlithgow. S and I just caught a glimpse of her every now and then. Eventually we just grabbed a seat in the courtyard and waited for her to reappear as she always does.

After exploring the Palace, we were feeling distinctly peckish, so we headed down into the town in search of lunch serenaded by the skirl of a bagpiper playing on the hill. We decided that only fish ‘n chips by the loch would do for this final day of fun, so we placed our orders and carried our bounty down to a picnic table by the water. It was very beautiful and peaceful, at least until we opened out boxes and took out the first chip. Then we were descended upon by dozens of birds. We proceeded to eat our lunches but the ratio of chips consumed by birds vs humans was at least 10 to 1. Continue reading