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Davina Porter was the mother of Brian Fraser, whom she bore out of wedlock by Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat. She was an attendant of the Dowager Lady Lovat,[1] who had earlier been wed by force and raped by Simon.

Personal History

Not much is known about Davina, except that she was a kitchen maid at Dounie Castle when Brian was conceived.[2]


  • Davina is the feminine form of David,[3] from the Hebrew name דָּוִד (Dawid), which was probably derived from Hebrew דוד (dwd) meaning "beloved".[4]
  • Porter is an occupational surname meaning "doorkeeper", ultimately from Old French porte "door", from Latin porta.[5]



  1. The Fiery Cross, chapter 55
  2. Dragonfly in Amber, chapter 40
  3. Behind the Name: Davina - accessed 15 June 2016
  4. Behind the Name: David - accessed 15 June 2016
  5. Behind the Name Surnames: Porter - accessed 15 June 2016
  6. "Fraser of Lovat." Part Three: Family Trees. The Outlandish Companion.
  7. Outlander family tree included with Written in My Own Heart's Blood.
  8. Gabaldon, Diana. "Planning when to listen to audio book." MSG: 61224.58. Diana Gabaldon. Books and Writers Community. Compuserve. Published 8 November 2008. Accessed 1 December 2017. 
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