Henry and his wife died in a car crash, leaving five-year-old Claire to be raised by his brother and only living relative, Quentin "Uncle Lamb" Beauchamp.
Events of the Novels
Henry has not appeared "in person" in any of the Outlander series novels; however, Claire occasionally thinks about her parents, or recalls some memory about them.
Claire thinks about her strange upbringing, traveling the world with her archaeologist uncle, and recalls that Uncle Lamb was her father's only brother, and her only living relative, when her parents died.
When she is discussing baby name with Jamie, Claire recalls that her father's full name was Henry Montmorency Beauchamp, though she decidedly does not want to name their child any of those names.
Claire does not remember much about her parents, so their personalities are essentially unknown.
Claire recalls that her father "was dark", which could mean complexion, hair, or both.
- Henry comes from the Germanic name Heimirich which meant "home ruler", composed of the elements heim "home" and ric "power, ruler".
- Montmorency as a surname comes from the city in France of the same name, located in the northern suburbs of Paris. It was recorded for the first time in Medieval Latin as Mons Maurentiacus (attested in 993). Mons Maurentiacus, literally "Mount Maurentiacus", was the name given to the promontory over which a castle was built in the Early Middle Ages. Maurentiacus, the name of the area surrounding the promontory, meant "estate of Maurentius", probably a Gallo-Roman landowner.
- Beauchamp (English (or Norman origin) and French) is a habitational name from any of several places in France, for example in Manche and Somme, that are named with Old French beu, bel 'fair', 'lovely' + champ(s) 'field', 'plain'. In English the surname is generally pronounced "Beecham".