While just a small thing, it’s good to know how old the Outlander characters are supposed to be. How old is Roger MacKenzie in the books and show?
Having an idea of character ages is important. We need to get an idea of the life experiences the characters have likely had. After all, life experience affects opinions, beliefs, and more.
We know that Roger is older than Brianna. He’s a young boy in the first couple of seasons of the series when Claire and Frank are visiting Reverend Wakefield. Brianna isn’t even a thought at this point.
There aren’t any confirmations in the book, but Diana Gabaldon has offered us a timeline since. This includes Roger’s birth year, helping us figure out how old he is in the books and series.
When was Roger Wakefield born in Outlander?
Roger was born in 1941, according to the timeline. His father went missing around this time, but we later find out that he time traveled and then turned back up again in 1943. It was Roger’s father who helped save Roger’s life in the subway collapse in 1943, the collapse that killed his mother.
There are a couple of inconsistencies here and there. It’s often written that Roger is a little older than two when the subway collapses. However, it’s never made all that clear. And we know Diana Gabaldon can be inconsistent with dates here and there. Just look at how Geillis is sometimes from 1967 and sometimes from 1968.
With a 1941 birth year, that would make Roger 27 when he meets Claire and Brianna in Scotland. Brianna is just 19–20 at this point. A seven- to eight-year age gap isn’t all that off for the time period, and it certainly helps to understand Roger’s and Brianna’s differing views about marriage and relationships in the earlier stages of their relationship.