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Annalise de Marillac is a French aristocrat. She was the object of Jamie Fraser's infatuation in 1739, when he attended the University of Paris.

Personal History

A beautiful and charming young woman, Annalise caught the attention of many a young man in Paris, including the young Scotsman, Jamie Fraser. On one occasion, Jamie caught another young man, Charles Gauloise, kissing Annalise, and Jamie called Charles out for a duel. Even though duelling was illegal in Paris, Charles accepted the challenge. He selected smallswords as the weapon, and the Bois de Boulogne for the location. The two young men duelled, and Jamie won by drawing first blood, but Annalise, having watched the fight, ran to Charles rather than Jamie, and married him a month later.

Events of the Novels

Dragonfly in Amber

Claire Fraser first meets Annalise at Versailles, where she introduces Jamie to several persons of note before the dinner. They meet again at Louise de La Tour's salon, where Jamie tells Claire the story about how he fought a duel over Annalise, and that, although he won the duel, he did not win her heart.


Annalise is flirtatious and charming.

Physical Appearance

Annalise is described as "beautiful, charming and exquisitely tiny"[1] and "tiny and fluffy as a kitten",[2] with "hands and feet like a doll's", delicate brows and deep black eyes. She walks with a light step.[3]


  • Annalise is a combination of Anna and Lise.[4]
    • Anna is from the Hebrew name חַנָּה (Channah) meaning "favour" or "grace". [5][6]
    • Lise is a short form of Elisabeth or Elizabeth,[7] from Ελισαβετ (Elisabet), the Greek form of the Hebrew name אֱלִישֶׁבַע (Elisheva) meaning "my God is an oath" or perhaps "my God is abundance".[8]
  • Marillac likely originates from the French commune Marillac-le-Franc. The placename "Marillac" traces back to the Gallo-Roman personal name Marillius which, together with the suffix -acum, forms the word Marilliacum, "Domain of Marillius".[9] The Marillacs were originally a prominent family of the Auvergne region of France.[10]
  • Gauloise is the feminine form of Gaulois, which is a French demonym meaning "someone from Gaul".[11]


TV Series

French actress Margaux Chatelier portrays Annalise de Marillac in the Outlander television adaptation.


Season Two



  1. Dragonfly in Amber, chapter 9
  2. "Virgins"
  3. Dragonfly in Amber, chapter 11
  4. Behind the Name: Annalise - accessed 28 June 2016
  5. Behind the Name: Anna - accessed 28 June 2016
  6. Behind the Name: Hannah - accessed 28 June 2016
  7. Behind the Name: Lise - accessed 28 June 2016
  8. Behind the Name: Elizabeth - accessed 28 June 2016
  9. Marillac-le-Franc: Toponymie via Wikipédia en français. Accessed 28 June 2016.
  10. Michel de Marillac via Wikipédia en français. Accessed 28 June 2016.
  11. Gaulois via Wiktionary. Accessed 28 June 2016.