Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland. In the Outlander series, Edinburgh is where Claire and Jamie Fraser live for a few months during the Jacobite Rising of 1745, when Jamie was a member of Charles Stuart's inner circle. Years later, Jamie lives there while working as a printer, with a smuggling business on the side.


Recognized as the capital of Scotland since at least the 15th century, Edinburgh is home to the Scottish Parliament and the seat of the monarchy in Scotland. The city has long been a center of education, particularly in the fields of medicine, Scots law, literature, the sciences and engineering. During the Jacobite rising of 1745, Edinburgh was briefly occupied by the Jacobite "Highland Army" before its march into England.[1]

Locations within Edinburgh

Holyrood Palace
The British monarch's official residence in Scotland. It is situated at the end of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Charles Stuart stays here when he returns to Edinburgh after the Battle of Prestonpans.
Edinburgh Castle
Lies at the opposite end of the Royal Mile from the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Kirk of the Canongate
The parish church of Edinburgh Castle situated on the lower part of the Royal Mile. Colum arranges to meet Jamie here when he is in Edinburgh as he wishes to speak with him in private away from the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Mr. Haugh's apothecary shop
An apothecary shop in Edinburgh which Claire visited for supplies while based in Edinburgh with Charles Stuart's army. In 1766 it is not far from Jamie's print shop.
The main municipal building in Edinburgh which also contained Edinburgh's main jail. Jack Randall planned to send Claire there after he captured her trying to escape to Craigh na Dun. It is also where Jamie's Lallybroch men are locked up after being caught deserting from Charles Stuart's army.
Ladywalk Wynd
Alexander Randall keeps a room here while in Edinburgh. The building is located on one of the poorer streets in Edinburgh.
Alexander Malcolm's printshop
Jamie's print shop in Edinburgh is at the foot of Carfax Close, with businesses and tenements on either side. On the ground floor is a broad counter across the front of the room, with a flap in it giving access to the back portion of the room. Through a door in the back is another room where the printing press is kept. The upstairs has two rooms coming off either side of the landing, and a small privy closet.
Madame Jeanne's Brothel
It has a number of floors, with an attic that has three rooms, two of which house the servants. The third attic room is kept aside for Jamie's use. On the first floor above ground level is a dining room. There are cellars beneath the building, including one hidden behind a false wall which Jamie uses for his smuggling activities. A hidden water pipe brings water from the roof down to this cellar and Jamie uses it to cut the overproof brandy for resale to taverns. One side of the building faces the High Street.
Holyrood Brewery
Young Ian tracks down the one-eyed man asking about Jamie to the taproom of the Holyrood Brewery.
Blue Boar
One of the taverns in Edinburgh where Young Ian followed the one-eyed man.
Dog and Gun
One of the taverns in Edinburgh where Young Ian followed the one-eyed man.
Moubray's Tavern
The tavern in Edinburgh where Claire and Jamie dine, and take a room, on the second day after they are reunited when Claire goes back through the stones. It is a large, elegant place with a commodious dining room on the second floor accessed by an outside staircase, and private rooms upstairs.[2]
The World's End
A tavern in Edinburgh. Jamie and Claire go to collect Mr. Willoughby from the World's End on the day that Claire reunites with Jamie. The pub is built using the foundations of the Flodden Wall which used to surround Edinburgh. The wall marked the place where the world ended and Edinburgh began.
National Portrait Gallery
A portrait of Ellen Fraser is displayed here.
Royal Edinburgh Hotel
Claire mentions that she has seen fancy candles in this hotel.[3]
Boyd's Whitehorse Tavern
This is the final destination of the coach that Claire takes from Inverness to Edinburgh when she goes back through the stones to find Jamie.[4]
Green Owl Tavern
A tavern in Edinburgh where the Edinburgh fiend murdered a girl.
Ian Murray takes lodgings at Hallidays when he goes to Edinburgh to find Young Ian.
Henderson's Lodging House
The hotel in Edinburgh where the Reverend Archibald Campbell and his sister Margaret were staying. It is quiet, but luxurious, with a patterned carpet on the stairs and colored glass in the street window. The Campbells had rooms on the third floor.
Jenny Ha's tavern
A tavern in Edinburgh.[5][6]


  • Bruno – the nickname of the porter at Madame Jeanne's brothel in Edinburgh, so named because he's as big as a bear. His real name is Theobald. Bruno has heavy eyebrows, sloping shoulders, long arms, a low brow and receding chin and resembles a gorilla.[7]
  • Geordie – the man who works with Jamie in his print shop in Edinburgh, and who quits when he walks into the shop and finds Jamie and Claire in each others arms. He is a small, wiry man with coarse, dark hair.[8]
  • Mr. Samuels – a pawnbroker in Edinburgh.[9]
  • Pauline – one of the prostitutes in Madame Jeanne's brothel in Edinburgh.[7]
  • Peggy – one of Madame Jeanne's prostitutes.[7]
  • Mary – the prostitute at Madame Jeanne's brothel who Young Ian loses his virginity to on the night that he killed the man in the print shop. She is known as the second Mary to distinguish her from another prostitute of the same name. Mary is a short, young, plump girl with yellow hair.[10]
  • Millie – one of the prostitutes at Madame Jeanne's brothel.[7]
  • Mollie – one of Madame Jeanne's prostitutes.[7]
  • Dorcas – one of Madame Jeanne's prostitutes.[7] Fergus suggests that Dorcas may be a suitable choice for Young Ian.[10]
  • Maggie – the prostitute offended by Mr. Willoughby's foot fetish.[11]
  • Daphne – one of the prostitutes in Madame Jeanne's brothel in Edinburgh. She is about the same size as Claire.[7]
  • Josie – one of the prostitutes in Madame Jeanne's brothel in Edinburgh.[11]
  • Lord Dundas – the warehouse in Edinburgh where Jamie stores his smuggled goods appears to be owned by Lord Dundas, but is actually jointly owned by Jamie and Madame Jeanne.[12]
  • Madeleine – one of the prostitutes at Madame Jeanne's brothel in Edinburgh. Madeleine's sister is murdered by the Edinburgh Fiend.[7]
  • Penelope – one of Madame Jeanne's prostitutes who Fergus thinks may be suitable for Young Ian.[10]
  • Sophie – one of Madame Jeanne's prostitutes who Fergus asks to spend the night with.[10]
  • MacAlpine – a man Fergus sells Jamie's contraband brandy to in Edinburgh.[10]
  • Mildred – Mary Hawkins' aunt who lives in Edinburgh. Mary goes to stay with Aunt Mildred after Alex writes to her.[9]
  • Mr. Haugh – owner of an apothecary shop in Edinburgh.[5]
  • Mr Waterford - an Edinburgh banker who handled some of Lallybroch's business and investments.[9]
  • Tom Gage – a customer of Jamie's at his print shop in Edinburgh who has Jacobite leanings and who suggests that Jamie start writing his own pamphlets. On the night of the print shop fire, there is a stack of newly printed pamphlets waiting for Tom Gage to collect the following morning. The pamphlets argue for the repeal of the Stamp Act and encourage civil opposition to it with violence if necessary.[13]
  • Wally – one of Jamie's smuggling band in Edinburgh.[7]


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  1. Edinburgh via Wikipedia. Accessed 26 October 2016.
  2. Moubray's Tavern was situated in Moubray House on the Royal Mile in the 18th century. Moubray House is one of the oldest buildings on the Royal Mile with foundations laid in the 15th century.
  3. Cross Stitch only, chapter 1
  4. This is likely meant to be the White Horse Inn, which was the departure point for stagecoaches running between Edinburgh, Newcastle and London in the 18th century.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Dragonfly in Amber, chapter 38
  6. Jenny Ha's was a real tavern in the Canongate, near Holyrood. It was named for the landlady Janet Hall, who was famous for her claret. The 18th century building was demolished in 1960 (source); the pub in the new building retained the historical name until 2011. The old sign was inscribed "Est. 1749" but other sources note that the poets Allan Ramsay and John Gay frequented the alehouse while staying at Queensbury House in the 1720s. (source, source, source, source)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 Voyager, chapter 26
  8. Voyager, chapter 24
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Dragonfly in Amber, chapter 42
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Voyager, chapter 28
  11. 11.0 11.1 Voyager, chapter 25
  12. Voyager, chapter 41
  13. Voyager, chapter 27
  14. Gabaldon, Diana. "Carfax Close: Real or fictional?." MSG: 87449.11. Diana Gabaldon. Books and Writers Community. Compuserve. Published 9 November 2016. Accessed 1 December 2017. 
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