Be transported back in time with WeeBox and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books this month! Clans, tartans & tweeds, ancient recipes and of course, castles. Delve into the history and romance of Scotland wherever you are in the world!
‘Take me home to Lallybroch’
Hand-crafted within a hairsbreadth of Lallybroch (Midhope Castle) by Louise of Leviko Designs, we bring you this stunning bookmark of gemstone and crystals which surround the ‘key to Lallybroch’.
Lallybroch is the ancestral home of Jamie Fraser, the fictional character in the Outlander series, set in 18th century Scotland. Jamie is a Scottish soldier and landowner, well-educated and raised to be the future Laird of Lallybroch. Midhope was built in the 15th Century and was built by John Martyne, laird of Medhope. It was rebuilt in the mid 1600s and remains much the same today.
Claire’s Traditional Tweed
Outlander is inspiring innovative Scottish designers to breathe new life into Scotland’s heritage fabrics. The show’s talented costume designer, Terry Dresbach, who sources local materials for authenticity—has played a large role in this new Scottish style-spotlight.
Dresbach credits Scotland’s “extraordinary” craftsmanship and the country’s “real integration of nature into the work that’s done here” for the long-awaited fashion reinvigoration. So we’ve found you this bonnie tweed purse, designed by Earth Squared, a local design house based in North Berwick, near Edinburgh … which one did you get?
Phoebe Sherston’s traditional bramble* jam (*blackberry)
Diana Gabaldon’s ‘The Fiery Cross’ brought us inspiration to create this exclusive bramble jam hand-crafted by Pipsqueak Preserves! The bramble or Smear Dubh was much valued by old Highlanders and this old-fashioned jam, is Pipsqueak Preserves re-imagining of what Phoebe Sherston would have brought to the battlefield at Alamance. Enjoy and take a step back in time!
“Jamie and the Governor, shaken out of their nose to nose confrontation, had also retired to the shadows; I could see them, two stiff shadows, one tall and one shorter, standing close together. The element of danger had gone out of their tête-a-tête, though; I could see Jamie’s head bent slightly toward Tryon’s shadow, listening.
“… brought food,” Phoebe Sherston was telling me, her round face pink with excited self-importance. “Fresh bread, and butter, and some blackberry jam and cold chicken and…”
“Food!” I said, abruptly reminded of the parcel I held under my arm. “Do pardon me!” I gave her a quick, bright smile, and ducked away, leaving her open-mouthed in front of the tent.”
The Fiery Cross (Chapter 72 – Tinder and Char)
Wear Doune Castle with pride!
Own your own wee piece of Doune Castle or Castle Leoch, the seat of Clan Mackenzie! This bonnie, cotton bag bearing the stunning medieval stronghold was designed exclusively for WeeBox by our great pals at Brave Scottish Gifts.
It is here at Doune Castle, that we are introduced to many important Outlander characters, including Murtagh, Mrs Fitz and Laoghaire MacKenzie as well as Colum MacKenzie, Laird of the Clan, his wife Letitia and their son Hamish. Much of the castle was used in filming. The huge courtyard, and great hall were used to great effect, as well as the surrounding grounds. One interesting exception was the Doune Castle kitchen. A set was built to exactly replicate the castle’s kitchen, presumably to help make filming easier.
We had 2 braw options for the ‘book’ element of this month’s WeeBox, so we decided to bring both for our Clan to try … which one did you get?
Chronicle your own Scottish adventures
Celebrate the fight for love, honour, and the Scottish Highlands with this deluxe Outlander notebook, inviting you to pen your own inspiring travels
Follow the Clan Fraser Origin Story
Enjoy the stirring story of Clan Fraser from the beginnings in the mist of Caledonian history with this bonnie wee book. Frasers of Lovat, Jamie Frasers Clan in ‘Outlander’ was in fact, a junior branch of the Clan Fraser. It was during the 14th century when Clan Fraser split into two separate clans – the Lowland Frasers of Philorth, and the Frasers of Lovat – which are today recognised as two separate clans with common ancestry.