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Who Is Simon Fraser Of Balnain and How He's Related To The Outlander Family Tree
2024/03/05

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Warning! SPOILERS about Outlander season 7, episode 5 and the Outlander books ahead.Jamie's worry that Fort Ticonderoga would have been expunged was prompted by learning about Simon Fraser of Balnain fighting for the English as a Brigadier-General under John Burgoyne in Outlander season 7, episode 5. The end of Outlander season 7, episode 5 proved Jamie right about the fort's weaknesses and how a Highlander would think to use the terrain to their advantage. However, the episode also introduced a relative of Jamie that is central to the story of An Echo in the Bone, Outlander's seventh book on which season 7 is based, even if his side of the family wasn't really introduced before in Outlander.

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The American Revolution already left Jamie and Claire in a pickle because they knew who would have won it and because Jamie's biological son William Ransom was happily willing to fight for the English. Simon Fraser of Balnain also fighting for the English not only added another person related to Jamie whom he could have met on the battlefield but also meant that someone who knew how to use the environment to his advantage fought against the Continental Army. Although Simon Fraser caused the Continental Army problems at the end of Outlander season 7, episode 5, he will also be instrumental to the furthering of Jamie and Claire's story.

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Simon Fraser Is Connected To Jamie Through His Grandfather, Simon of Lovat

Jamie telling Claire who Simon Fraser of Balnain was in Outlander season 7, episode 5 made a point to explain how it wasn't the "Old Fox you met or his son," referring to Jamie's famous grandfather that was introduced in Outlander season 2, episode 8, "The Fox's Lair." Jamie's grandfather Simon Fraser, 11th Lord of Lovat, is the link between Outlander's fictitious story and the Scottish real history, and it's through him that the connection of Simon Fraser of Balnain to Jamie can be explained.

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