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Thank you, University of Glasgow!


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MANY thanks to the University of Glasgow for so kindly awarding me an honorary Doctor of Letters degree at their Commencement ceremonies on June 28!

It was a wonderful occasion, and great to become a small part of such an ancient and estimable academic community.

-Diana


Scotsman-image-Diana-degree-UGlasgowAn article by Alison Campsie in The Scotsman reported:

The historical fiction writer, Diana Gabaldon, who has had runaway global success with her Outlander series partly set in the Highlands, received a Doctorate of Letters from Glasgow University at a ceremony on Tuesday afternoon, June 28, 2022.

Dr. Gabaldon, who also has a science Ph,D., said having her novels, which revolve around the fate of a Highland Jacobite and his English wife, meant a great deal.

The writer said: “I’m very honoured to have been awarded this degree, particularly from such an ancient and venerable institution. It means a great deal to me, to have my work, which is based on Scottish history, recognised by one of the foremost academic institutions of Scotland.”

Dr. Gabaldon added: “I occasionally have had rather silly people ask if I don’t feel I am committing cultural appropriation by using Scottish history as the background (and a good bit of the plot) of my novels.

“To which I reply that I actually think the Scots have appropriated me, which is very nice of them.”

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10 Responses »

  1. Congratulations to the Doctorate degree.
    My daughter is a student on the University of Glasgow and when I went to Glasgow to visit her , almost everything I knew about Scotland were informations from Outlander.
    I am 69 today and i hope I will live long enough to read the last volume of Outlander series.

    Best regards Jan

    • Dear Jan,

      Thank you! I am glad you learned about Scotland from my novels, and it’s lovely that your daughter is a student at the University of Glasgow.

      In regards to age, I turned 70 years old in January of 2022, so I’m a year older than you are. I’m certainly planning to be around to finish book ten, and works beyond.

      Diana

    • I am 69, too and I have the same worry!

  2. Dear Diana, A mazel tov to you in receiving such an honor. You are a most worthy and deserving author. I thoroughly enjoy all your Outlander books and read them more than once taking me into the Fraser world. No other author has compared to your writing with such detail. Thank you very much!!
    Cindy

  3. Wait, what, I thought you were around forty. Congratulations. My sister started me on “ Outlander” because I married a big redhead. Now I am addicted! Thank you.

  4. Congratulations, and thanks so much for years of fantastic reading.
    You couldn’t possibly be 70. I’m 75 and look decades older than you!

  5. Congratulations, Diana, on a well deserved honor!

    I too share the impatience of other commenters as we wait for Book 10 and beyond. I’ll begin my 80th year next week and hope to enjoy your next book and many others that may follow.

    Having just finished reading “Bees” yesterday, I’m in that state of sadness brought on by realizing the book actually had to end. It had been several years since I’d read Book 8, so before starting “Bees”, I went back and read it again, but before doing that I needed to read at least the last part of Book 7 to refresh my memory.

    Needless to say, these past weeks have strained my weary old eyes, but it has surely been worth it. I wish I could convey how much I appreciate your genius in storytelling. At least I don’t need eyedrops as often. You certainly know how to make the tears flow.

  6. Congratulations Diana, I have read all your Outlander series a number of times, it has been my companion through a series of hospitalization and recovery I am 80 years old and hope I am still around for book 10. Many thanks Elizabeth.

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