Who does Roger get his time travel gene from in Outlander?

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We know time travel is genetic in Outlander. Roger had to get the gene from one of his parents. Which parent is it in the books?

This isn’t a question that’s been answered in the series. However, the books have brought it up. We know who Roger’s time travel gene came from in the world of Outlander.

Of course, it all goes back to Geillis Duncan. She is Roger’s great-great-however-many-times-grandmother. Without her, Roger wouldn’t have been able to time travel. He wouldn’t have even been born since she had to go to the past to end up with Dougal and get that family line going.

Which one of Roger’s parents is a time travel? It’s all about the MacKenzie family line.

Roger’s father is the time traveler in Outlander

We quickly learn that Roger’s ability to time travel comes from his father. Jeremiah Walter MacKenzie was the direct descendant of Geillis and Dougal. He’s the one with the ability to travel.

In fact, it’s the ability to travel that leads to Roger being saved during the event that killed his mother in the Second World War. Jerry went missing overseas, with everyone believing his plane was shot down and Jerry was killed. Instead, Jerry time traveled, and he ended up finding himself eventually in 1943, where Roger’s mom through a young Roger over the stairs to Jerry’s arms. Jerry was then killed without Roger ever realizing what had happened.

It’s later in the books that Roger gets to learn more of the truth about his time-traveling family. This is when the entire story comes out as Roger is working with broken memories.

We get to learn more about Jerry and his wife Marjorie in A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows, a short story set in the universe.

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