Outlander Episode 208 – The Fox’s Lair – All the Gàidhlig Bits I Could Decipher

Fàilte gu Alba a h-uile duine! (Welcome to Scotland everyone!) If there was anyone who was not sure of the main locale for the rest of the season, the change in the main title sequence should remove any doubts. Not just that, but the baroque arrangement of the Sky Boat Song has been altered in favor of a much more Celtic version complete with drums providing the illusion of cannon fire in the last verse and then melting into the very martial sound of snare drums as the episode proper opened.

And is it just me or did everyone breathe a little bit easier now that the show and our favorite couple are back in the familiar surrounds of Scotland? I’m expecting the Gaelic to be a bit more plentiful now and this episode sure didn’t disappoint. We had, in my opinion, the most beautiful Gaelic scene since episode 116. Thanks for everyone’s patience as I worked to make sure that I got the Gaelic translation correct for what actually made the episode’s final cut, and not just what was in the script.

Let’s get right to it.

4:16  Jamie to Ian after receiving the post

Taing dhut – Thank You

4:41 Jamie curses reading the letter from Paris

a mhealltair mhallaichte –  ‘Cursed deceiver’ (Hard to translate directly. This is my best attempt.)

12:38 Jamie to baby Catrìona

Na dìochuimhnich…. – never forget

Shin u…. a ghràidh…. Catrìona ….  – love… Catherine…

mo bhràthair Uilleam, mi fhéin, Sorcha. – my brother William, myself, Claire

Tha sinn san fhiodh, sa chloich…. – We’re in the wood, the stone…

agas ann an gach fuaim ‘s fàile an àite seo… – And in the sounds and smells of this place…

‘s e an obair sin, a chaileag, gum fàs u làidir agas sona…. – Your role, wee lass, is to grow strong and happy…



Outlander Episode 205 – Untimely Resurrection – The Gàidhlig Bits I Could Decipher

Sorry for falling behind everyone, but the Gaelic has been few and far between at the French Court! I promise I will go back and do a catchup post for all the little words here and there in episodes 202-204, but in the meantime here is the answer to everyone’s burning question from Episode 205 regarding the Gaelic oath that Jamie says during the argument with Claire in the final scene.

25:23  Jamie handing Claire the spoon case

Seo – this

27:46 Jamie telling Claire he loves her, too. <sigh>

mo nighean donn – my brown-haired lass

46:38  Gaelic Oath

Donas dubh nan seachd sitigean – Black Devil of the seven middens

I’ve also received questions the last few weeks regarding a word that Jamie uses frequently that sounds like ‘shaw’.  In some cases, I translate it as seo/this or an seo/here. I made a comment on Twitter yesterday about Sam Heughan throwing that word in often. Sam responded and said he also uses Seadh or yes, as well. The two words can sound very similar (show vs shug) so you have to judge on context.



Outlander Episode 201 – Through a Glass, Darkly – The Gàidhlig Bits I Could Decipher

It’s over! It’s finally OVER! Droughtlander has ended and it appears that everyone has survived. Not a lot of Gaelic in this episode, but not surprising considering we didn’t even get to 1745 until over half an hour in, but there were a few nice phrases. Translations below as always.


Le Havre

39:21   Murtagh muttering under his breath

‘s mairg leam seo air fad! – I consider this crappy! (colloquial)


40:21  Jamie as he lies on the bed

Gasta! A bed that doesna move. – Great! A bed that doesna move


44:43  Jamie curses under his breath about what to tell Murtagh

Mac na galla! – Son of a bitch!


48:46 Jamie as he hands his shirt to Claire

Seo – Two ways to interpret this. Could be ‘here’ as he hands Claire the shirt or ‘this’ speaking to Jared referencing his back.

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Outlander Episode 113 – The Watch – The Gàidhlig Bits I Could Decipher

I think I like this episode more every time I watch it. And even though there’s not Gaelic in them, I think the scenes between Jenny and Claire are my favorites.  That being said, here is the Gaelic I could translate. Note that I’m still waiting on final confirmation for the final thing that Jamie says right before the ambush.

The Watch arrives

5:46 MacQuarrie to Ian for sword

Taing dhut – Thank you


8:36 Jamie to MacQuarrie saying where he’s from.

Na h-Innse Gall – The Western (foreign) Isles

10:33 MacQuarrie toasting

Slàinte mhath – good health

Shoeing the horse

12:14 Jamie to Rabby

A bhalaic – lad

     Rabbie answering

Gun dàil – without delay

Fire in the wagon

Most of this is under Jamie’s breath and I can’t make it out. If anyone else can, leave me a comment.

Horrocks arrival

15:11 Jamie to the dogs

Ist -quiet (several people pointed this out and I think they’re right.)

Fixing the wagon

26:40 Jamie exclaims

Ifrinn – Hell!


Jamie yelling

Still awaiting confirmation on this one. Will update the post when I have it.



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Outlander Episode 112 – Lallybroch – The Gàidhlig Bits I Could Decipher

Well, wasn’t that episode something? From a story standpoint, it was quite the adaptation and I can’t wait to hear all the opinions (of which I am sure there will be many and varied). From a Gaelic standpoint though, episode 112 was a gold mine and we had the most Gaelic since episode 105 – Rent. Hopefully many of you are starting to recognize several of these words and phrases, as we have encountered them in previous episodes! Consider this a test and see how well you do.

I think I caught most, if not absolutely all, of the Gaelic and I only had to consult the oracle in two places. I call that success!

Also, I want to point out yet again how much outstanding work has gone into this accurate portrayal of Gaelic in Outlander by Àdhamh, Sam, Laura and the rest of the cast! I’m not sure there has every been anything like it attempted, certainly not by an American production.

Arrival at Lallybroch

4:15 Jamie on seeing Lallybroch

Tha an sin! – There it is!

6:58 Jenny to young Jamie

Mo chridhe – My heart

7:10 Jenny to Jamie

A ghràidh – love (as an address/endearment)

Welcoming the Laird home

10:06 Ian to Claire

Slàinte – Cheers

19:31 Jamie carrying the chest up the stairs

Taing a Dhia! – Thank God!

20:28 Jamie pulling out sword

Seo (under his breath) – here

Quarter Day

31:16 Jamie receiving bottle

Ah, glè mhath. – Ah, very well.

Taing dhut. – Thank you.

32:24 Jamie collecting rents

Tha thu ag iarraidh deoch? – You want a drink?

Tha – Yes

 Gabh deoch – Take a drink

32:32 Ian receiving rent

Taing < > – Thanks (couldn’t make out the second part)

33:18 Background when Jamie gives the rent back

Glè mhath

33:24 Jamie to tenant

Ciamar a tha thu, a Chaluim? – How are you, Calum?


Gasta! – Great!


Glè mhath. – Very well.

35:19 Tenant to Jamie

A mhaighstir – Master.

Drunk Jamie

36:46 Jamie to Claire

‘S math sin – that’s good

 Tha u ‘n seo. – You’re here.

At the Mill

41:05 Jamie exclamation

Thighearna Dhia – Lord God

41:39 Jamie going in the water

Thalla ‘s cac! – Away and sh*t (Fairly sure about this one. Naughty Jamie. Now confirmed by Àdhamh)

Jamie says something after resurfacing from the mill-pond, but I can’t tell if it’s Gaelic or not.

Th’anail dith beo a-nist-  I need breath to live now (Mòran taing to @ColoGaelic for this one)

OK. Have heard from Àdhamh on this one. Although he doesn’t remember exactly what the dialogue is, he’s pretty sure it’s not the above and might be this (now confirmed):

an ainm an fhaigh – in the name of the prophet

Back at Lallybroch

48:00 Jamie pulled out of bed

Dhia – God

51:36 Jamie comforting Jenny

gràidh – love


Please note that there is every chance that the grammar in the above is not completely accurate. Keep in mind I am still very much a newbie with the Gaelic.😉

P.S. Someone pointed out the Gaelic on Brian Fraser’s tombstone. I’ll work on that and get an update out when I have it confirmed.

P.P.S Thanks to Dàibhidh for kindly helping with some of my grammatical mistakes.