Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Scottish Sun says Diana Gabaldon has a heart of gold!

Outlander author Diana Gabaldon helps raise thousands for Scotland’s terminally ill in visit to Highlands gift shop

The 65-year-old put The Old School Beauly on the map during a special book singing where 400 fans flocked to see her.

The Scottish Sun 
By Mary McCool

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KIND-HEARTED Outlander author Diana Gabaldon has helped raise thousands for terminally ill Scots during a visit to a Highlands gift shop.

The 65-year-old wordsmith put The Old School Beauly shop in Beauly, Inverness on the map during a special book signing where 400 fans from around the world flocked to see her.

The author signed copies of her books

The village is one of the settings for her books, which tell the story of World War II nurse who is transported back to Scotland in 1743 and becomes embroiled in the Jacobite risings.

The small business, while sells clothing, accessories and gifts, expected no more than 40 people to attend the event.

But owners William and Helen Crawford were “overwhelmed” when people travelled from all over the world to meet the beloved author.

Ticket sales for the event helped raise £2,000 which will be donated to Highland Hospice – a charity providing care for people living with an advancing, life shortening illness and their families in the north of Scotland.

Diana also honoured staff by cutting the ribbon for the opening of their new books and stationary section.

Diana cut the ribbon on the new book shop

Fans queued in their droves outside the shop to meet the author – who is consultant on the TV adaptation of the Outlander saga.

After the event, a post on the shop’s Facebook page read: “This was a stand out day for us in Beauly.

“Kind thanks to Diana Gabaldon for opening our new Book and Stationery Department, for entertaining us with her beguiling and word-tastic Talk, for signing so many books and helping us raise over £2,000 for Highland Hospice.

“Thanks also to the many hundreds who came and enjoyed this special day.”

Owner William Crawford told the Scottish Sun: “It’s a really important charity and we’re just delighted.

“We thought at most 40 people would come but to have ticket sales of £2000 plus a signed copy of her book which we’ll raffle at auction for charity is really good.
“We’ve had interest from people all over the world and we loved to have Diana in our tiny village in the Highlands.

“She’s such a lovely person – it’s so good she’s helping people.”

Helen and William Crawford with the beloved author

This week Diana revealed that Scots actor Sam Heughan went from feeling like a rock star to rock bottom — when a boat scene left him sick.

The author has recently returned from South Africa, where the Scots actor is making the third series of the hit historical fantasy drama.

She also sent fans into a flurry after tweeting about her arrival in Scotland.


  1. She does have a heart of gold!

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