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Outlander & Jamie Fraser’s Enemy. Is Jonathan Randall Inspired By The True Butcher Of Cumberland?

Outlander & Jamie Fraser’s Enemy. Is Jonathan Randall Inspired By The True Butcher Of Cumberland?
Isabel del Rio
Outlander & Jamie Fraser's Enemy. Is Jonathan Randall Inspired By The Butcher Of Cumberland?

Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and Black Jack (Tobias Menzies). Outlander Starz

Outlander Starz. Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall (actor Tobias Menzies) is one of the major villains on a TV show. He is worse than The Swede (Christopher Heyerdahl) on Hell on Wheels (AMC) or Simcoe (Heather Lind) on Turn: Washington Spies (AMC). His behavior with Scottish people was cruel, in particular with Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and his family. Jonathan Randall is a true psychopath. But who inspired so much evil?

Tobias Menzies as Black Jack in Outlander

Tobias Menzies as Black Jack in Outlander

Reading the facts about the Fifth Jacobite Uprising (1745), we find a name: The Butcher of Cumberland. Once greeted as a hero and savior of the Union, in England. Now, he is listed alongside the likes of Jack the Ripper and Oswald Mosley as one of the ten most hated Britons of the last millennium. We’ll see.

After Culloden and the defeat of the Jacobite army, the Duke of Cumberland (King George II’s son and known to Scots as ‘Butcher Cumberland’) showed a specific disdain for the defeated Jacobites. Thus, escaped soldiers were pursued and slaughtered while the wounded could expect no help except to be shot, bayoneted or clubbed to death.

“At a time when the etiquette of warfare was considered very important, Cumberland was able to dispense with it by labelling the Highlanders inhuman savages.” Professor Rab Houston, chairman of modern history at St Andrews University.

Because the Butcher of Cumberland brutally suppressed the Highlands. By his orders, wearing of the kilt and use of the tartan was prohibited on pain of death, and the assembly of clans was forbidden. In fact, the Highland culture was nearly destroyed, alive only in sentiment and in a large number of Jacobite songs.

What do you think? Could The Butcher be Black Jack? Of course, there biographical differences but the spirit is the same. Tell us your opinion now!

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Isabel del Rio

Managing Editor at Yareah® Magazine. Author of ‘Ariza’ (2008) and ‘The Girls of Oil’ (2010)

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