The Wardlaw Mausoleum and The Outlander Effect

In February 2016 Outlander’s newly announced cast member Richard Rankin, who’s playing Roger MacKenzie, decided to take to trip Inverness and visit some of the places mentioned in the Outlander series. Richard took many lovely photos including this one at Culloden.

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We’re delighted that the Outlander cast have taken it on themselves to visit the real Historical places mentioned in the book. So we thought that we’d give Richard the heads up about other places to visit and pointed him towards our blog.

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He took our advice and the next day he went to visit the top locations in our list of places to visit while in the Inverness area. CLICK HERE FOR THE BLOG Richard went to the Wardlaw Mausoleum.

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Richard enjoyed the experience so much that he brought his co star Sophie Skelton back to Wardlaw when she joined him in Inverness that weekend.

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It’s so wonderful seeing the cast taking the same interest in the real Jacobite history that the Outlander fans do.

Since Richard and Sophie’s visit to Wardlaw Mausoleum a lot more people now know about it. We spoke to Diana in 2014 about Wardlaw and we weren’t surprised to hear that she already knew all about it and had visited it. This must have been before the restoration as Erik who looks after it had no idea what Outlander was when we first visited it early 2014. At that time he said that they probably got about two visitors a month. We let him know that that was all about to change and we’d help get the word out about this fascinating place. Wardlaw has now become part of a few Outlander Tours now and all the donations are helping towards the continuing restoration of this historic building. The Mausoleum is run by volunteers who do it for the love of it and to help keep history alive.

The story continues…..

It has been disputed whether Lord Lovat’s body is actually in the coffin at Wardlaw as The Tower of London has him buried in their Chapel of Saint Peter ad Vincula but the story is that his body was swapped and brought home in secret to his family crypt. There’s only one way to prove that it’s The Old Fox in that coffin and that’s with DNA testing against the rest of his family who are in the crypt.

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Because of all this interest on twitter Nicola MacAlley from @STVnews visited Wardlaw Mausoleum and did an excellent report on it .

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Here it is on the Scottish news

UPDATE October 2016

Professor Dame Sue Black from Dundee University visits Wardlaw and opens the coffin to try find out if its Old Fox in there.

Read about Professor Dame Sue Black visit here click here

Where to find Wardlaw Mausleum Information : You can help them by donating here:

Here’s the links to some Press articles about Richards and Sophie’s visit International Business Times:’Outlander’ Season 2 cast members Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin brush-up on Frasers’ history

Scotland Now: Outlander’s Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin learn more about Fraser family history at Wardlaw Mausoleum

It’s just amazing what Outlander is doing for Scotland and for historic places of interest. Without Outlander fans with their interest in real Scottish history, generous donations, and spreading the word we would be still be in the dark about some of these fascinating places. Lots of non Outlander fans are going to visit these places because they’ve heard about them due to the interest around Outlander. Tibbermore Church in Perthshire ( where the witch trials in Outlander was filmed ) is another historic building that was struggling for money to do the restoration to keep the beautiful building standing. With Outlander and it’s fans help it will be standing for many more years.

UPDATE 9th February 2017

Here’s an updated press article about Wardlaw Mausoleum

Forensic experts to solve 270-year-old mystery of clan chief “The Fox” click here

UPDATE 6th October 2017

The investigation into the bones begins

VIDEO: Forensic scientists exhume coffin in a bid to solve 250-year-old Lord Lovat mystery….. click here

UPDATE 18 January 2018

Today 500 people gathered in the Kingmills Hotel in Inverness to listen to Professor Sue Black deliver her results of the investigation.
The results came as a surprise it was the old Fox was not in the coffin the main remains were that of a 25-35 year old woman, this added more mystery to the Old Fox he’d foxed us once again.

Click the links below for reports in the papers

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The remains found in The Old Fox’s coffin were reinterred at the Mausoleum . We were there to pay our respects . May all now rest in peace.


with Author Sarah Fraser and the current Lord Lovat
With Simon Fraser the 16th Lord Lovat outside Wardlaw Mausoleum
The story in the paper

Click here to read the story in the paper
And the mystery continues ….who is the woman in the coffin ……

Update 26th August 2018

Clive Russell who plays the Old Fox in Season 2 of Outlander came to visit the Mausoleum with us .

Clive Russell in the Fraser Crypt
Clive Russell at the Wardlaw Mausoleum

Listening to the Fraser History
With the name plate from the Old Foxes coffin
Clive Russell the Old Fox from Oulander at the Old Foxes empty coffin
Inverness Outlanders with the Old Fox at the Fraser Mausoleum

3 thoughts on “The Wardlaw Mausoleum and The Outlander Effect

  1. I understand that in other areas, the number of visitors are overwhelming the infrastructure. Bathrooms, parking, rubbish, etc. I hope the boom in tourists can also help historical sites increase revenue by public or private means. Great story!

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