Outlander & Sam Heughan. Jamie Is In Fictional Wentworth Prison But It Is The Real Linlithgow Palace

Outlander & Sam Heughan. Jamie Is In Fictional Wentworth Prison But It Is The Real Linlithgow Palace
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Outlander & Sam Heughan. Jamie Is In Fictional Wentworth Prison But It Is The Real Linlithgow Palace

Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser. Outlander TV show

Outlander & Sam Heughan. Jamie Fraser is in fictional Wentworth Prison, the real Linlithgow Palace. What do you know about it?

Wentworth Prison is a fictional castle located in the Scottish Borders. Jamie Fraser stands trial there and is sentenced to hang… tonight! Is Wentworth a place to die? What can Jamie see from its windows? What can Claire and Dougal see when they were approaching to it to rescue Jamie?

According to Diana Gabaldon’s novels, Wentworth Castle is constructed of greenish Argyll granite, with walls at least three feet thick. Over the time, additions were made until the fortress covered about two acres of ground. It could house three hundred prisoners (Redcoats were terrible), in addition to a garrison of forty men plus their commander. Huge and unassailable!

In Outlander TV show, the real Linlithgow Palace was used to set Wentworth Prison. The ruins of Linlithgow Palace are situated in the town of Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland, conveniently placed between Stirling and Edinburgh. Built and developed over two centuries by successive Stewart kings of Scotland, it was one of the principal residences of the monarchs in the 15th and 16th centuries, but it was burned out in 1746, and now it’s a museum.

North and west faces of Linlithgow Palace. Photo attribution Alistair McMillan

North and west faces of Linlithgow Palace. Photo attribution Alistair McMillan

Linlithgow Palace stands on a low green promontory overlooking a small inland loch. Still today, it was a monumentally impressive quadrangular palace, with four ranges grouped around a central courtyard. At its center stood an impressive fountain. Will the gallows be close to it? James I’s great hall dominated the east quarter. The royal chapel and royal apartments added by James IV (1488–1513) graced the south and west quarters.

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