On Thursday November 16, 2017, Estates of Chancellorsville Book Club members enjoyed an evening of Outlander taking neighborhood residents back in time to 18th Century Scotland. Natalie Hacking and Heather Kite led the discussion of novelist Diana Gabaldon’s historical time-travel novels and cable TV dramatic series at the American Heritage Homes model.

Cornish Pasties, a traditional treat in Cornwall for over 800 years, were prepared by Seija Cleverley from a recipe in The Outlander Cook Book. A toast was raised to Scotland with Drambuie, which was provided by American Heritage Homes.

Interestingly, the history of Drambuie parallels the Outlander historical novels’ storyline. In 1746 Scotland, Claire calls on her 19th century historical knowledge and she convinces Jamie that he will be killed and the Scots will be butchered in the bloody Battle of Culloden. Jamie and the Clan Fraser forge a friendship with Bonnie Prince Charlie (Prince Charles Edward Stuart of the United Kingdom) in effort to stop the Battle of Culloden from happening.

Realizing that he has been unsuccessful in preventing the battle, Jamie forces Claire to travel back through the stones to her 19th century life for her protection. Jamie’s subsequent survival at the Battle of Culloden, and Claire’s discovery of this, is integral to the ongoing plot of the Outlander series.

The Legend of Drambuie begins after the Battle of Culloden in 1746 when Prince Charles Edward Stuart fled to the isle of Skye. Here it is reported, that the prince found sanctuary with Captain John MacKinnon of Clan MacKinnon. According to Scottish legend, the prince rewarded Captain MacKinnon for his hospitality by presenting him his prized family drink recipe for Drambuie.

To this day, it is rumored that in Scotland (and around the world), on the anniversary of the Battle of Culloden, there are many ceremonial toasts with Drambuie to “Scotland Forever.”

The book club was held at the American Heritage Homes sales model at 8700 Formation Drive in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Visit Wanda J Cook at the model home or email her at [email protected] for more information on the Estates of Chancellorsville Book Club and many other community events.