The Major Effect of the Minor #Outlander Characters including The Real Housewives of Leochville or “How’d They Do That?”

Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series is bursting with rich characters. We know and love these folks as if they were our real-life friends and many of us wondered how this would translate to the screen.  Would they be able to find just the right actors to play the characters we know and love?  In my opinion, the answer is a resounding yes.  I’ve made no secret of my admiration for the Outlander Casting Swamis who found Jamie, Claire, Frank, etc.  But these Swamis weren’t satisfied to perform miracles when finding the main characters.  Oh no.  They took it a step further and found absolute perfection in the minor ones too.  Some of these actors and actresses were on the screen for less than five minutes, but their performances were so real, they left an everlasting impression on us.  Here are some of my favorites:

Mrs. Graham.

Mrs. Graham is the Rev. Wakefield’s housekeeper.  She cleans his gargantuan home, cooks his meals and raises his foster son, wee Roger Wakefield (more about him later).  She does all this while wearing lovely dresses and sensible brown brogues.  She’s a druid/witch and has a pretty good idea what’s going on with Claire and if anyone would bother to take her seriously, the entire mystery could’ve been solved in under 15 minutes.  Luckily, nobody did or we wouldn’t have this story.  I love Mrs. Graham, she’s a good witch, very skilled at her job and everything about her screams ‘COZY’ from her teapots to her soft sweaters to her cookie baking with wee Roger on the Aga.


Mrs. Fitz.

Mrs. Fitz runs Castle Leoch for Colum MacKenzie. She’s on her feet over 12 hours a day keeping the maids and cooks on task, shooing Rupert and Angus out of the kitchen and taking stray sassenachs under her wing.  She does all this while wearing the same constrictive undergarments as Claire which inhibit her from taking a deep breath from sun-up to sundown.  She’s also a great cook, a loving friend and a closet feminist who’s not afraid to take a stand.  Back off Father Bain!


Hugh Munro

Hugh Munro is mentioned several times in the books, things don’t always go very well for him, but in his one brief scene in Season One, he made a strong impression on us.  He can’t speak due to a run-in with ‘the Turks’, but he’s still able to communicate and be a loyal friend to Jamie and also bring a thoughtful wedding gift to Claire from her Target Gift Registry. #DragonflyInAmber


The Lady In A Loveless Marriage

Claire and Murtagh roam the countryside searching high and low for their beloved Jamie.  Murtagh dances, Claire sings (a song that was stuck in my head for weeks–thanks for that Caitriona Balfe!) and demonstrates lousy fortune telling skills.  She even gets this poor lady’s hopes up that she has a chance at some first-class JAMMF love.  Oh sweet lady, only Claire will experience epic JAMMF action, but  in a different time and place, there’s a good chance a certain Texas crooner might be your boo.


The Wee Toddlers:

Wee Roger Wakefield

Roger Wakefield is being raised by the Reverend Wakefield (and Mrs. Graham) due to his parent’s ‘death’ in WWII.  Book readers know he will grow up to become a tall, dark and dishy dreamboat who will play a very important part in the lives of the Frasers’.  When we first meet him, he’s an adorable lad, wearing a teeny, tiny tweed suit with short pants asking for ‘another biscuit please.’


Wee Jamie

Wee Jamie is the son of Jenny Fraser Murray and Ian Murray and is Jamie Fraser’s name sake.  His clothing is also miniature and adorable and when he giggled and splashed Claire, I’m pretty sure my breasts turned to the auto-lactate zone due to the overwhelming cuteness overload and sudden urge to procreate.


The Real Housewives of Leochville

The Real Housewives of Leochville live very exhausting lives, yet they’re able to make ‘a day of it’ pissing in a bucket and rubbing it over the wool all the while sneaking hooch and raising their voices in song.  Their faces show they’ve been through a lot, yet they seemed much happier than their pampered 21st century counterparts. #WantToHangOutWithThem


The Gypsy Who Stole The Song

The Gypsy was in one episode and only a couple of scenes, yet he managed to grab our attention and make it seem like he could be a real threat to reuniting Jamie and Claire.  He also reminded me of Johnny Depp in Chocolat which is always a good thing.



Horrocks was a very minor character in the books, yet by expanding his role and casting a delectable bad boy to play him, he made us fall slightly in lust with him in one episode and want to murder him in the next.  #WeAllLoveBadBoys


The Duke of Sandringham

The Duke of Sandringham is not a nice man, but the way he’s portrayed, we just don’t seem to care that he lets Black Jack roam the countryside raping, pillaging and plundering.  He has a major thang for JAMFF and even that doesn’t seem to bother us cuz we do too.  I can’t wait to see what the Powers that Be have in store for the Duke when next we meet.


Ned Gowan

Last but not least, we have Ned Gowan.  The books describe him as a wizened old man, but for many of us, he’s our bespectacled book boyfriend.  Ned was just another hard-working lawyer bored out of his mind on Wall Street, so, as one does, he ran away to join the MacKenzie Circus and who could blame him.  For some people, sitting in an office can be mega-boring.  For Ned, it was unthinkable.  He’s a poet, a business man and a true and loyal friend to Claire…what more could we want?


These are a just a few of my favorite minor characters who had a major effect on me.  Who were your favorites?  Let me know in the comments.  Also, for more of your favorites, stay tuned for my upcoming blog… I’m Madly Missing the MacKenzies!


  • Manya
    Posted August 30, 2015 11:11 pm 0Likes

    Tartan McQuarrie

  • Manya
    Posted August 30, 2015 11:12 pm 0Likes

    Damn autocorrect. Tarran MacQuarrie!

  • Sue Richardson
    Posted August 31, 2015 2:33 am 0Likes

    This was hilarious! I’m in total agreement about Ned Gowan, especially played by that cute Bill Patterson. Also am in love with Tarran MacQuarrie (aka Douglas Henshall). The Watch was one of my favorite episodes. And the Real Housewives of Leochville! Wanted to hang with them too (except for the pissing part!). Your memes were a hoot, also. Thanks for this during the dread Droughtlander!

    • Melissa B
      Posted August 31, 2015 2:48 am 0Likes

      I agree. I’m a good sport, but no pissing in buckets! Tarran MacQuarrie was a hunk, he needs his own meme. I might’ve been being lazy. ? I’ll get right on it!

  • Denise Miller
    Posted August 31, 2015 2:57 am 0Likes

    Bravo! I’m ready for a spin off..I’d love to see more castle life..Mrs Fitz and Angus and Rupert..

    • Melissa B
      Posted August 31, 2015 3:43 am 0Likes

      I’m working on that one Denise. It’ll be out his week! ❤️

  • YPinonR
    Posted August 31, 2015 11:34 am 0Likes

    I miss “Leftenant” Jeremy Foster ( I believe his name was) in Rent showing his concern for Claire in the company of the Highlanders & later having words with Dougal in Lord whatshisname? dining room.

  • dot65jean
    Posted August 31, 2015 12:17 pm 0Likes

    My dear one, I often leave comments for your brilliant writing! I feel I must do so once again on this “article” of the “minor” characters of our beloved story! You “nailed it”! You get an A+ on this one! I also feel every facet of this production is perfection personified!!!!! The casting was the MOST IMPORTANT part of this “jewel” and they got it perfect! YOU are the other piece of the puzzle of “Outlander” that completes the masterpiece. . . your commentary is the icing on the “cake”. Thank you!

    • Melissa B
      Posted August 31, 2015 3:08 pm 0Likes

      Hi Dot, Thank you so much for once again leaving the nicest compliment for me to see! I was hoping I’d hear from you. Hope you’re having a good summer, I’ve been relaxing while the Outlander actors have been filming Season 2. I can’t wait to see it!! Thanks again for writing . ❤️❤️❤️

  • Mary Ann
    Posted August 31, 2015 12:52 pm 0Likes

    You are spot on, as you always are! I love all your choices! How would you comment on wee Hamish, the three Campbells, Father Bain, the woman who testified against Claire at the witch trial (creepy eyes), or Tarran’s gang? The casting team has done a marvelous job!

  • Peggy Anderson
    Posted August 31, 2015 3:07 pm 0Likes

    Nice job, Melissa! Loved the descriptions of the children’s clothing, which was in better shape than much of what I wore as a child. I like Old Alec as well. When he wasn’t busting Jamie’s chops about taking time to eat lunch, he was sizing up the situation and giving Claire good advice. Thanks for the blog post!

  • Kathy Callianiotis
    Posted September 1, 2015 6:02 am 0Likes

    How could we forget Fin De Hartog , Willie, who captured our hearts with his loyalty and his astounding quotes from the bible. And let’s not forget his sad farewell when Jamie and Claire sailed away. Thank you for all the characters you mentioned. I can’t think of any person in the series who has not “delivered the goods”. And then there’s Rupert and Angus who gave us comic relief during our moments of angst. I hope we see more of all three mentioned when the Frasers return to Scotland.

    • Melissa B
      Posted September 1, 2015 3:05 pm 0Likes

      I don’t think you read the last paragraph, lol?

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