*Spoilers – If you don’t want to know what happens, stop here!*
Played by Duncan Lacroix
Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser – Jamie’s godfather. He was in love with Jamie’s mother, Ellen, and tried to win her hand in marriage, but she wed Jamie’s father. Afterwards, he swore an oath to her that he would always follow Jamie, do his bidding, and guard his back when he became a man and needed service. When Jamie returned to Scotland, Murtagh joined Dougal MacKenzie’s clan as a way to keep Jamie safe.
He keeps that oath . . . always by Jamie’s side.
After Claire falls through the stones, he is there to save her when Black Jack attacks her, takes her back to clan and tells them he doesn’t think she is an English spy.
Stands next to Jamie as he takes Laoghaire’s punishment and warns him his Uncle Dougal was up to something!
After Claire sees Jamie kissing Laoghire, she decides to tease him. Well the last laugh was on her, because Murtagh wasn’t going to stand for it! He admonishes/schools her about what she is doing and the implications of such.
If you’re teasing the lad about Laoghaire,
if her father and Colum find out about it,
young Jamie could get worse than a bloody nose.
[Claire] Like a wife?
Maybe. It’s not the wife he should have.
He needs a woman, not a lass.
And Laoghaire will be a girl when she is fifty.
I’ve been around long enough to know the difference.
And so do you, Mistress
When Claire tells him that Rupert found Jamie as he escorted her back and now has to pledge fealty to Colum, he schools her again and helps her understand the clan way at The Gathering.
If Jamie pledges fealty to his Uncle Colum, then he’d be in line to succeed as Laird. He’d be part of Clan MacKenzie . . . could be made Laird, if enough clansmen support him.
[Claire] I don’t understand why that would be a bad thing.
His other uncle, Dougal, might disagree with you on that point, lass. He’s been holding the honor for himself when Colum dies. If Jamie takes the oath, Dougal will not let him breathe MacKenzie air for long.
The British have a price on Jamie’s head and the only safe place in Scotland, is here at Leoch. Until now. If Jamie had just stayed hidden until The Gathering was over, Colum and Dougal wouldn’t have pressed the matter any further.
Leaves with Jamie after he finishes giving his obedience as kinsman to Colum.
We noticed, in Jamie’s absent or when Jamie is not close by, Murtagh is protective of Claire.
Convinces Jamie to marry Claire and secures a Frazer tartan for the wedding.
Tells Jamie Claire’s smile is just as sweet as his mother’s was.
Prepares Claire, who is hung over, for her wedding.
Attends the wedding.
Congratulates Jamie on his wedding night because he consummated the marriage!
Tells Jamie the Duke is in town and goes with him to meet him.
Meets up with Claire and Jenny, so he can continue the search for Jamie with Claire, and kills their Red Coats hostage so she and Jenny can stop arguing over it.
Figures out how to get a message to Jamie that they are looking for him! He dresses Claire as a man; he does a sword dance and they travel from village to village performing their acts.
When Claire doubts he understands what it feels like to lose someone you love or wants to find Jamie as badly as she does, she gets schooled – yet again.
You think you are the only one who loves Jamie?
He is like a son to me.
Reveals to Claire he was in love with Jamie’s mother, but she married another. As a wedding gift, he made her bracelets from a wild boar’s tusk he killed.
When the search seems futile producing no subsequent leads, he suggests they back track and start all over again.
When they get news that Jamie is possibly hiding out in a cave, he is right there by Claire’s side.
After they find out Jamie is in Wentworth Prison scheduled to hang, he goes with Claire to convince the MacKenzie clan to help get Jamie out.
Accompanies Claire to Wentworth Prison.
When the weight of the ordeal and idea of not being able to see Jamie overwhelms Claire, he is there to pick her up and carry her away.
With Willie and Claire, he tries to come up with another plan (2nd) to get into the prison.
After Claire’s second failed attempt at the prison, he finally figures out how they are going to free Jamie from Wentworth . . .
. . . Coos!
Using the door Claire left ajar, he (along with Rupert and Angus) rescue Jamie.
Being the godfather he is, he carries Jamie out of his cell and the prison.
When Jamie refuses to eat, he sits by his side; later, he tells him he needs to think of Claire and try to get better.
He meets with Claire and the priest and tells them . . .
It’s more here than we know.
He, along with the priest, tell Claire Jamie’s problem is not physical; his wounds will heal. It’s his broken soul that needs healing.
[Murtagh] The only way to save Jamie is for someone to step into the darkness with him.
Waiting for the all clear . . . no Red Coats in the vicinity.
Once Jamie is able to travel, Murtagh secures a boat so they can get the hell out of there.
He and Claire say their goodbyes to Willie, Angus and Rupert.
Where do we leave Murtagh at the end of S1?
Right next to Claire and Jamie, of course, sailing away from Scotland!
Ellen would be so pleased!
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