Who was the ‘white witch’ the man rambled about on Outlander?

Outlander Season 3 -- Courtesy of Aimee Spinks/STARZ
Outlander Season 3 -- Courtesy of Aimee Spinks/STARZ /

The old man didn’t mean Claire on Outlander Season 3, Episode 3

The more you watch an Outlander episode, the more you notice from it. During my rewatch of Outlander Season 3, Episode 3, I listened to more of what the old man told Jamie.

Jamie gained some hope during the episode. He heard the term “white witch,” and he was sure the old man meant Claire. After all, Jamie had convinced everyone that Claire was La Dame Blanche/a White Lady. That meant a “white witch.”

However, the old man mentioned the MacKenzies, saying they were dead. He named Dougal and Colum, making it clear that the “white witch” was talked about was connected to the two of them. Sure, Claire did have a connection, but there was another “witch” with a closer connection.

It was all about Geillis Duncan

With the mention of the MacKenzies and the treasure on the island, it’s clear that the old man was talking about Geillis Duncan. It all connects back to the story Geillis had told Claire in the thieves’ hole at Crainsmuir.  Jamie wouldn’t have known that unless Claire told him off-screen, so it’s not surprising that he immediately thought of Claire instead.

Geillis had managed to hide away £10,000. In the books, Dougal brings the money to Charles. I don’t ever remember the money being brought to Charles in the Outlander TV show. The gold and treasure on the island likely belong to Geillis; it’s the money she managed to shuffle away for the Jacobite cause.

What was the man’s ramble about? That’s not entirely clear unless it was just to get someone to head to the island for the treasure. Or maybe he was trying to tell them that Geillis was still alive.

Either way, it was nothing to do with Claire, but it did get Jamie’s hopes up for a second.

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