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I dinna ken very much about myself, Auntie, but I think I wasna born to be a Quaker.
— Young Ian, An Echo in the Bone

Ian Fraser Murray is the youngest son of Ian and Jenny Murray. He is most commonly referred to as Young Ian, to avoid confusion with his father.

Personal History

The events on the day of Young Ian's birth prove a rather inauspicious beginning to an eventful life. His uncle, Jamie, living in a cave at the time, had come down to the house to be with his sister when she went into labor. The elder Ian was not there at the time, having been arrested and taken away to deal with the matter of who rightfully owns Lallybroch. There were redcoats still lingering in the district on the day Ian was born.

While Jamie is with Jenny, holding the newborn Ian, English soldiers enter the house, and Jamie hides in the closet without much thought – still with the infant in his arms. They manage to escape notice by the soldiers, but the closeness of this encounter prompts Jamie to arrange his own arrest into the crown's custody.

As though to live up to this fraught beginning, Ian gives his parents more trouble than his siblings do, possessing a lust for adventure and life beyond the Highlands.

Events of the Novels

Edit In 1766, Young Ian leaves Lallybroch to join Jamie in Edinburgh, but Jamie sends him back home with Fergus. Ian the elder whips his son and tells him that if he runs away to Edinburgh again he will be skinned, and he forbids Ian from going past Broch Mordha.

In November, Young Ian once again leaves Lallybroch without telling his parents, simply leaving a note saying that he has gone to his uncle. He leaves the note with Joe Fraser, but Joe doesn't deliver it until three days later causing great worry for Jenny and Ian. Jamie doesn't want to send Young Ian home without escorting him so Young Ian stays in Edinburgh with Jamie. Young Ian makes Jamie promise that he will not say anything to his father until he's had a chance to explain himself.

Young Ian goes to Kerse to rendezvous with one of Jamie's smugglers. Feeling hungry he goes into the tavern to have something to eat and sees a small man with a blind eye and a seaman's pigtail asking for Jamie under the name of both Jamie Fraser and Jamie Roy. Young Ian is immediately alert as no-one is supposed to know that Jamie Fraser and Jamie Roy are the same person. When the seaman leaves, Young Ian follows him from tavern to tavern as he searches for Jamie. The man orders brandy at each tavern he goes to, but only tastes the brandy in two taverns, just smelling it in all the others. Young Ian drinks ale in each tavern and midway down the Royal Mile he feels the effects and dozes off. When he wakes an hour later the man has gone, so he heads to Madame Jeanne's to tell Jamie.

Young Ian arrives at the brothel not long after Jamie and Ian have left to look for him, and finds Claire alone in the room. During an awkward conversation Young Ian learns that his father is in Edinburgh looking for him and that Claire knows his father. Assuming Claire is a prostitute, Young Ian leaps to the wrong conclusions about his father and leaves in anger.

Young Ian resumes his search for the seaman and finds him in the Holyrood Brewery. Young Ian waits until he leaves and then follows him. The man goes straight to Carfax Close, proving that he also knows that Jamie and Alexander Malcolm are the same person. Finding the printshop closed and locked the man goes to an alleyway that leads to the back entrance of the shop. Young Ian follows him, worried that the man will break in and find a newly printed stack of seditious pamphlets.

Young Ian gets to the printshop and finds the seaman inside, taking pamphlets from the stack and putting them inside his jacket. Young Ian yells at him to put them back and the man turns on Young Ian with a pistol in his hand. The seaman fires the pistol but it goes wide, and then he charges at Young Ian. Young Ian reaches out and grabs the closest thing to hand - a lead-dipper with hot molten lead in it. Young Ian throws the dipper and the hot lead splashes into the seaman's face. The seaman screams, and blinded, knocks over the forge, scattering hot coals. The fire takes hold and Young Ian tries to beat it out but the barrels of ink catch alight with a whoosh and the whole place goes up in flame. With the screaming seaman blocking the door, Ian rushes up the stairs only to be trapped by the flames.

Young Ian is trapped upstairs in the print shop as it burns and the stairs collapse. Jamie gets to him via a trapdoor in the roof and Ian throws a rope up to them and they are both lowered to safety. Young Ian has all the hair on one side of his head singed off as well as his eyebrows and lashes.

Jamie, Claire and the two Ians go back to Madame Jeanne's and Jamie questions Young Ian about how he came to be in the printshop and how it came to be on fire. When Young Ian admits he set the fire, Jamie asks him to explain himself. Young Ian tells Jamie about the man he followed. When Ian reacts angrily at the news that Young Ian had been to the brothel, Young Ian calls him a hypocrite as he believes that Claire is a prostitute that Ian has been visiting. Ian sets Young Ian straight and tells him that Claire is his aunty. Young Ian asks Claire if she is a fairy. While Claire struggles to answer, Ian replies that Claire had escaped to France after Culloden and had thought Jamie dead.

While telling his story Young Ian drinks porter and becomes quite drunk. Claire goes off to fetch some tea to try and sober him up while Jamie and Ian help him vomit. When Claire returns she tends to Young Ian's burns and he resumes his story.

When Ian hears that Jamie has been printing seditious pamphlets and Young Ian is mixed up with it, he gets really angry and demands to know how Jamie could do such a thing to him and Jenny after all the suffering they endured after Culloden because of Jamie's part in the Rising. Jamie reacts angrily and points out that Ian's son is now the heir to Lallybroch, while Jamie has nothing. Young Ian is upset to hear his father and uncle arguing so fiercely.

Ian berates Jamie for not sending word that Young Ian was with him, to stop Jenny worrying. Jamie replies that he meant to bring Ian home himself and ask permission for him to come and live with him as he cares for the lad as if he were his own son. Ian replies that he may do so, but Young Ian is not Jamie's son, but his. Ian then tells Young Ian that they are leaving, but Young Ian refuses to go with him that night, saying he will go in the morning. Ian is shocked and angry at Young Ian's disobedience, and leaves defeatedly.

Young Ian is very upset at hurting his father and Jamie tells him that he shouldn't have said that to him. Young Ian anguishedly tells Jamie that he couldn't go with his father as he needs to tell Jamie something else and he doesn't want his father to hear as he would be hurt. Young Ian then tells Jamie that he thinks he killed the seaman, as he doesn't think the seaman could have escaped the fire. Jamie tells Young Ian that he hasn't done anything wrong, but Young Ian bursts into tears and is comforted by Claire. When Young Ian has finished crying Jamie tells him he isn't damned because it's not a sin to kill in self defense, and that he shouldn't be afraid of telling his father.

Jamie realizes that Young Ian confided in him because he had killed men and would know what to do. Jamie tells Young Ian to do the following things - Ask himself if he had a choice in killing the man, and as he didn't, put his mind at ease. Go to confession, or if that isn't possible, say a good Act of Contrition. Then say a prayer for the soul of the man he's killed. And then live with it.

Fergus returns to tell Jamie how he has disposed of the dead exciseman's body. When Jamie and Young Ian are discussing where Young Ian is to sleep the night, Fergus asks why he can't go with one of the prostitutes. Jamie is scandalized and replies that Young Ian is only fourteen, but Young Ian is very interested and states that he is almost fifteen. When Fergus informs them that he had taken both of Young Ian's elder brothers to the brothel at that age, Jamie gives up in defeat. Fergus and Madame Jeanne choose a young prostitute called Mary for Young Ian to spend the night with and he goes off with her.

The next day Jamie and Fergus make alternative plans to land the smuggled liquor at Arbroath in light of Sir Percival's warning about the ambush. Young Ian wants to be involved with the smuggling, but Jamie tells him that he is not to be a part of it, but instead is to stay with Claire at the inn above the abbey at Arbroath, and once the smuggling is over, they will return Young Ian to Lallybroch. Young Ian starts to blurt out a question, 'But Uncle, what about ...', but Jamie snaps at him and cuts him off before he can finish his sentence.

Jamie, Claire and Young Ian travel to Arbroath, with Young Ian constantly pestering Jamie to be allowed to take part in the smuggling. When they reach Arbroath after four days of riding, it is to find that the inn has been burnt down. Jamie cannot leave Young Ian and Claire without shelter and is forced to take them both with him to the smuggling rendezvous. Jamie tells Young Ian that he is only to go as far as the cliff edge and is to take care of Claire.

​Jamie, Claire and Young Ian go to the cove where the rendezvous with the smuggling ship is to take place, meeting up with Fergus, Mr. Willoughby and Jamie's men. Just as the ship is about to reach shore, excisemen burst from their hiding places in the sand and the smugglers take flight. Young Ian and Claire flee inland towards the small village of Arbroath. Just as they reach the road they hear voices, two men lying in wait to capture Jamie for a fifty pound reward who also mention more men lying in wait at Arbroath Abbey.

Young Ian heads to Arbroath Abbey to warn the other smugglers, while Claire heads towards the two men they had overheard, in the hopes of distracting them. Young Ian returns and rejoins Jamie, Claire & Fergus and they all leave for Lallybroch.

Jamie, Claire and Young Ian arrive at Lallybroch to a tense reunion with Young Ian and Jenny. Ian berates Young Ian for running away and causing so much worry and sends him out to the gatepost to be whipped. To Young Ian 's surprise, Jamie is the person sent to whip him. Young Ian is even more surprised and taken aback when Jamie finishes the beating and then orders Young Ian to whip him in return to punish him for leading Young Ian astray. As both Young Ian and Jamie gingerly rub their bottoms afterwards, Jamie tells Young Ian that he'd prefer not to have to do that again, and Young Ian agrees.

The next day Laoghaire and her daughters arrive at Lallybroch and all hell breaks loose. Claire flees and when Jamie finds out she has gone he gets on his horse and makes to go after Claire, but Laoghaire reappears, clutches Jamie's leg and weeps and wails. At the end of his tether Jamie throws Laoghaire over his shoulder and carries her into the house to deal with her. While they are both upstairs Laoghaire shoots Jamie.

Young Ian asks Jamie if he can go after Claire and bring her back, but Jamie refuses to have Claire return to him out of pity and forbids Young Ian from doing so. Young Ian does it anyway.

Young Ian sets out after Claire and catches up with her on the second day. Claire has got off her horse and is sunk in misery and startled to find Ian appear next to her. Claire tells Young Ian to go back home and makes to leave but he grabs the reins of her horse and forces her to listen. Young Ian explains that Jamie was furious when he learns that Claire had left and had made to come after her but was waylaid by Laoghaire. On hearing this Claire's anger fires up again and she goes to yank the reins out of Young Ian's hands. In desperation Young Ian tells Claire that Laoghaire has shot Jamie, and Jamie has sent Young Ian to fetch Claire back because he is dying.

Claire and Young Ian ride back to Lallybroch. On arrival they are met by Jenny who is relieved and angry at Young Ian's return, and unhappy when she realizes that Young Ian has brought Claire back. Jenny tells Young Ian that he is a cuckoo in the nest and surely not meant to be her son, and sends him off to bed.

Ned Gowan draws up a settlement between Jamie and Laoghaire. Jamie realizes he will have to retrieve some of the seal's treasure to pay Laoghaire, and as he cannot swim with his gunshot wound, he tells Jenny and Ian that he wants to take Young Ian to do the swim, and afterwards will take Young Ian with himself and Claire to live in France for a while. Jenny is not happy as she does not want to cut Young Ian's apron strings, but she reluctantly agrees.

Despite it being winter, Jamie, Claire and Young Ian travel to the seal's cove. When they arrive the weather is very misty with poor visibility. Young Ian is lowered down to the beach and swims out to the seal's island. Jamie and Claire can do nothing but wait until he returns, a round trip that Jamie knows will take about two hours.

Young Ian reaches the island but he is taken by surprise by two men who knock him unconscious. The men transport Young Ian and the box of treasure to a large ship offshore. The ship sails away after firing some shots at Jamie and Claire, who are watching in despair from the top of the cliffs.

Young Ian is transported to Jamaica and handed over to Mrs. Abernathy. He is held prisoner along with a number of other young boys that she has had kidnapped. One day, a boy is taken upstairs and is never seen again. When it is Young Ian's turn, he findsout why they were taken; Mrs. Abernathy is searching for a stone only found in virgins. Young Ian is not a virgin, a fact which saves his life, though at a cost; instead of killing him like the others, Geillis drugs him and uses him for sex.

With information from Ishmael, Jamie and Claire leave for Hispaniola to seek out a cave called Abandawe, where Geillis has allegedly taken Young Ian. They find him, and Claire kills Geillis in the struggle to save him, though she is deeply unnerved by the sound of the time passage in the cave.

Sighting the Porpoise yet again on their trail, the Frasers leave with their companions on the governor's pinnace, but the little boat is no match for the Porpoise 's speed, nor yet for the approaching hurricane. The Porpoise is decimated by the violent sea, killing all hands, and the pinnace eventually succumbs as well. Jamie and Claire float ashore and take refuge with a family, only to discover the storm had swept them all the way from the Carribean to the coast of the Royal Colony of Georgia.

Edit Ian accompanies his aunt and uncle to Charleston in the Royal Colony of South Carolina, where he is to take ship home to Scotland. To Ian's delight—and his uncle's dismay—the ship has already set sail, and so Ian continues on with Jamie and Claire (and with his new furry companion, Rollo) to Cross Creek in North Carolina, where his great-aunt Jocasta owns the River Run plantation. The group travels up the Cape Fear, and arrives a bit worse for wear after a run-in with pirates, but Young Ian remains his eager, cheerful self.

After Jamie and Claire resolve to help a slave escape to join an Indian tribe in the mountains, Ian parts company with them to meet the Indians with John Quincy Myers, while Jamie and Claire travel further to scope out the land for settling. Eventually Ian rejoins them and helps his uncle build the first cabin on his land, and the three spend their first winter in the mountains together. Ian maintains a friendly relationship with several nearby Indians, often joining them on hunting expeditions with his dog, Rollo.

While the Frasers' cabin entertains two unexpected guests in the forms of Lord John Grey and his stepson, William, Claire treats one of Ian's Indian acquaintances, who suffers and eventually fatally succumbs to the measles. Ian himself contracts the disease, as does Lord John, though both recover under Claire's ministrations. It is also during this episode that Ian recognizes young William's resemblance to Jamie.

Nearly a year later, the unexpected arrival of Jamie and Claire's daughter, Brianna, brings excitement to the Ridge, and she and Ian become fast friends as new-found cousins. Ian also grows close with Lizzie, Brianna's handmaid from Scotland, and when Lizzie recognizes a man called MacKenzie, who is making his way up the mountain, she confides to Ian that the man assaulted Brianna in Wilmington. Not wishing to involve Brianna and risk upsetting her, Ian and Jamie meet MacKenzie before he can reach the Frasers' cabin and beat him to a pulp, before handing him off to some of Ian's Indian friends, who will then sell MacKenzie to the Iroquois.

When it becomes apparent to the Frasers that Brianna is pregnant, with no word of her man, Roger Wakefield, Ian awkwardly proposes marriage to his cousin, offering himself as both a husband and father to protect Brianna and her child. Brianna refuses, but appreciates the gesture, however misguided and old-fashioned she finds it to be. About a month after disposing of MacKenzie, Brianna sketches a portrait of Roger, and to Jamie and Ian's horror, they realize that "MacKenzie" is in fact the same man as the Roger Wakefield they'd been sending word out for. The family thus hastily travels down the mountain to River Run, where Brianna will stay while Jamie, Claire and Ian set out to rescue Roger.

They eventually find Roger in the custody of the Mohawk in a village called Snaketown, where Ian quickly becomes friendly with a pretty girl called Wakyo'teyehsnonhsa (Works With Her Hands), and whom Ian nicknames Emily. After witnessing the harrowing deaths of a Jesuit priest and his Mohawk lover, negotiations for Roger's release are complicated by the matter of a Mohawk who died. Ian takes the matter into his own hands, and chooses to become a Mohawk to replace the dead man, leaving Jamie and Roger free to leave with Claire to return to Brianna. Jamie begs Ian to let him be the one to stay, but Ian declines. He says goodbye to Jamie and Claire, and apologizes to Roger.

In October, the Frasers receive a letter from Ian, who informs them that his wife, Emily, is carrying his child, and reaffirms his promise that he'll never forget his family.

Ian returns to Fraser's Ridge near the end of The Fiery Cross, with little explanation of how or why he left the Mohawk. His aunt and uncle, though overjoyed to have him back, notice the change that has come over their once buoyant, carefree nephew. Ian brings with him a journal written in Latin, which turns out to have belonged to Otter-Tooth, or Robert Springer—the man whose ghost Claire had seen while lost on the mountain a few years before, and whose story she heard from an old Mohawk woman, Tewaktenyonh, during their rescue mission for Roger. Claire, Roger and Brianna explain what they are to Ian, who had suspected something off about them, though more along the lines of the "fairy folk" than time travelers.

Edit -- Event Summary for Ian in A Breath of Snow and Ashes --

Edit In January 1777, Mrs. Bug comes to the ruins of the Big House at night to retrieve the gold that is hidden underneath it. Jamie thinks that it is her husband, Arch Bug, and calls him. However, Mrs. Bug turns round and shoots Jamie in the leg – only then he realizes that it is in fact her, as Arch wouldn't be able to hold a pistol in his right hand. Ian sees his uncle fall, and although Jamie tries to warn him as to the identity of the shooter, he kills Mrs. Bug with an arrow to the throat. Ian is stricken with guilt and feels the weight of his mistake – Mrs. Bug was a grandmother figure to him. Mrs. Bug's funeral is held a few days later, and Arch Bug is in attendance. Ian faces him and admits that he is responsible for his wife's death, and Arch tells him he will see Ian again when Ian has something worth taking – a wife of his own – and then have his vengeance.

Jamie decides that it is time to go to Scotland to retrieve his printing press, and also to keep his word that he would one day bring Young Ian back to his parents. He also hopes that visiting Lallybroch might make his nephew feel better. Jamie, Claire, Ian and Rollo leave the Fraser's Ridge in March and make some stops in New Bern and Wilmington. In mid-May, they leave North Carolina aboard Tranquil Teal. A few days later, the Teal is approached by British naval cutter Pitt, and Ian and Jamie are to be pressed into service by Pitt's captain. However, they fight back and find themselves in control of the cutter, with Rollo left behind aboard the Teal. Several hours later, the Pitt is attacked by a privateer and the Frasers and Young Ian come aboard it, and another sea battle between the privateer and the Teal occurs the same afternoon. Ian and Rollo are reunited. Following the events at sea, Jamie is forced to take a short-term contract with militia and they find themselves at Fort Ticonderoga in late May/early June.

One day, Ian discusses with Claire possible reasons for his and his Indian ex-wife Emily's problems with having children, and she suspects that Emily might be Rh-negative and Ian Rh-positive, which would lead to Rh disease. Ian says he couldn't take a wife if he knew that he would be unable to give her live children, but Claire reassures him that he shouldn't have that problem with another (Rh-positive) woman. The next day, Ian leaves Ticonderoga.

In June,[6] Ian and Rollo walk through the Great Dismal and encounter William Ransom who is running from two Indians. Ian dismisses the Indians, who intended to sell William into slavery, and removes a splinter from William's arm. He reminds William that they met several years earlier at Fraser's Ridge and they camp together. Later in the night, they are joined by a group of Mohawk hunters and Ian introduces William to them as his kinsman. William's arm is infected and he develops a fever. Alarmed by his condition, Ian and three Mohawk take him ten miles to a small Quaker settlement Oak Grove to seek medical help, where they leave him in the care of Dr. Denzell Hunter and his sister Rachel. Some days later, Ian visits the Hunters to inquire about William's health, but refuses to come inside the house. However, he leaves a horse for William, along with a short note in which he wishes William luck in his ventures, and a package containing some money and a bear claw necklace – a gift from a friend called "Bear-Killer".

Ian then goes to Unadilla in the colony of New York, where he knows that his ex-wife Emily and her second husband Sun Elk currently are. Wishing to have some closure, he apologizes to Emily that he wasn't able to give her children and says that he is glad that she has them. He meets Emily's son, nick-named Digger, who appears to be about five years old. When Emily leaves the room, the boy says that Tewaktenyonh told him that he was the son of Ian's spirit, which shocks Ian. Emily then returns with her youngest daughter and asks Ian to choose a name for the girl, but he decides to name her son instead, saying that the boy is his to name. He gives him the name "Swiftest of Lizards".

Ian returns to Fort Ticonderoga on July 7, after the siege, and finds it occupied by the British army. He then joins Jamie and Claire in the woods. Claire is taken prisoner by the British, but several hours later Ian comes to rescue her – they are interrupted by Lieutenant William Ransom, and Ian calls upon William's debt to him as justification for letting them leave. The next morning, Ian, Jamie and Claire meet a militia unit, and reunite with Denzell and Rachel Hunter a few days later. Several weeks later, Denzell is captured by the British, and Jamie and Ian go to rescue him from hanging. Ian extracts Denzell with help from William. In mid-September, Ian walks into the British camp in order to spy and William notices him. Ian tries to escape, but eventually William catches up with him and asks him for a word. William doesn't ask what Ian was doing in the camp, thanks him for the horse and money, and says that his debt is now fully paid. He also asks Ian to give his regards to Rachel Hunter, and Ian realizes that he and William both have feelings for her. At this point he also knows that William is Jamie's son, but feels that acknowledging that to himself would be dangerous, in case it somehow shown on his face.

Ian's feelings for Rachel grow stronger. In October, he delivers a tin of goose grease for Denzell to her tent, and kisses her. Rachel hits him, but after the initial shock passes, allows him to hold her hand for a moment. She says that "they mustn't", and Ian leaves, feeling that he might not be able to control himself if she touches him again. He wants to marry her, but is aware of the possible difficulties – Rachel is a Quaker, and he is a man of violence; he is also afraid that she might be killed by Arch Bug because of Ian's love for her. Nevertheless, he asks Jamie and Claire to talk to Denzell about his intentions, as Dr. Hunter holds the Frasers in great respect. However, before they can do it, a mysterious man comes to Jamie to blackmail him, and Ian kills him. Forced to run, Ian leaves wounded Rollo with Rachel.

Ian, Jamie and Claire sail to Scotland in early November. In January 1778, they bury a distant cousin in Balnain, and then go to Lallybroch. Young Ian spends a few weeks with his dying father and bids him farewell. In early March, he sails with Claire to America, eager to find Rachel Hunter as soon as possible.

Upon arrival in America in April, Ian looks for the Hunters in Continental army's camps and eventually learns that they are in Philadelphia, tending to a private patient. Ian reaches the city and buys food on the street when Rollo knocks him down, happy at the sight of its master. In late May/early June, Ian comes to Fergus's printshop and finds Arch Bug holding Rachel and waiting for him. Ian and Rollo fight Mr. Bug and Ian is wounded in the process. Eventually, William Ransom arrives and shoots Mr. Bug. On June 18, Ian and Rachel watch the British army leaving Philadelphia. Ian tells her that he would turn Quaker for her, but it would be against his nature. Rachel replies that she knows he is a wolf, but he is her wolf, and if he hunts at night, he will come home to her.

Edit On June 16, 1778, Ian mourns Jenny and Jamie, as he believes they have died aboard the Euterpe on their way to America. He then tells his fiancée Rachel Hunter how he became a Mohawk and about his marriage to Wakyo'teyehsnonhsa.

On their way to Philadelphia, Ian and Rachel meet William Ransom, and Rachel informs him about their engagement. William is furious, as he has feelings for Rachel, and also hasn't yet reconciled himself to being a bastard son of a Scottish criminal, Jamie Fraser. William and Ian get into a fight, and Ian is arrested by British soldiers for assaulting an officer. Due to Jamie's intervention, William tells the soldiers to set Ian free. Later, Ian and Rachel come to Lord John Grey's house, where Ian is reunited with his mother Jenny.

In June 1778, during the Battle of Monmouth, Ian finds a wounded and unconscious William but is assaulted by two Indians, and shot with an arrow in the arm. He then reaches Jamie and takes a few soldiers to get help for William. He is taken and is brought to a British camp where Lord John Grey is being held prisoner as well. Ian helps Grey establish his identity and is released short time later. While going out of the British camp, he notices one of the Indians who attacked him, and kills him. During the walk to Continental army, Ian loses consciousness. A few days later, William and Rachel find him, fevered. While Rachel does William a favor regarding Jane and Fanny, William takes Ian to Jamie.

In late July/early August 1778, Ian marries Rachel in a double Quaker wedding, with Denzell Hunter marrying Dottie Grey. In September 1778, Ian's beloved dog/wolf Rollo dies, and Rachel gets pregnant.

In late November 1778, the Frasers and the Murrays move to Savannah, where Jamie is to retrieve his printing press. In late Spring 1779, Jamie, Claire, Ian, Rachel, Jenny, Germain and Fanny return to the Fraser's Ridge. Ian and Rachel's first child, an unnamed boy affectionately called Oggy, is born in early June 1779.


Ian is very much a product of the many and varied influences on his life. His strong Scots self-assurance allows Ian to take the best of those influences and mold himself into a dominant but not arrogant individual. He is a good example of the "bloody man" by his uncle Jamie's definition, knowing his responsibility to take care of others by any means he deems fit. He is loyal and his love is unconditional and fierce. This is seen not only within his relationships with family, like Jamie, Claire, Brianna, Rachel, and of course Rollo, but also his dedication to William Ransom. If his love is unconditional and fierce, his capacity for vengeance is even more so.

During the years between his marriages, Ian often feels adrift, not quite belonging with either his Scottish family, or with the woman and tribe that rejected him. Still, he refers to himself as a Highlander and a Mohawk, and comes to be proud of both identities, but sometimes feels conflicted about which takes precedence, or might guide him best in a given situation.

Physical Appearance

Ian is described as tall and thin, like his father, with dark-brown hair and a homely face. Claire and Brianna both note that Ian's eyes are his one claim to beauty, these being "large and hazel... the colors of autumn, dark wet earth and crackling oak leaves, and the touch of setting sun on dry grass."[7] As part of his adoption in the Mohawk tribe, Ian has tattoos drawn across his face, looping in a double line of tiny dots from the bridge of his nose across his cheekbones, and his hair plucked from the sides of his head, leaving a thick strip of hair that runs over his skull and trails down in a long tail. After he returns, Ian wears his hair long, but the tattoos remain, and his long hours spent outdoors give him his usual dark tan and lean, hard muscularity.


Ian met his cousin Brianna in September 1769, after her travel through time and across the ocean. They quickly became friends.

In October, Brianna's husband[8] Roger MacKenzie came to the Ridge, but due to a gross misunderstanding, Jamie and Ian believed that he was the man that had raped Brianna. They captured Roger and sold him to the Iroquois.

In late November, when it became clear that Brianna was pregnant while unmarried, Jamie wanted Ian to marry her for her child's sake. Ian gallantly proposed to his cousin, despite not being in love with her. Brianna was furious with her father and refused Ian's suit, insisting on waiting for Roger.

After Jamie and Ian's mistake regarding Roger's identity came to light, they departed with Claire in order to get Roger back. They found him in a Mohawk village in February 1770. When Roger killed a Mohawk man during a fight, Jamie learned that it was customary in such circumstances for the Mohawk to adopt a member of the enemy tribe to replace the man that was killed. Ian sacrificed himself so that Roger could return to Brianna, and asked Roger to take good care of his cousin and her child.

After more than two years' absence, Ian returned to the Ridge in October 1772. The family was overjoyed, but it was clear that Ian had changed during his time away.

In October 1774, he took Brianna on a three-day trip through the woods, leading her to a large, ancient skeleton he had found. He also told her the story of his marriage to Wakyo'teyehsnonhsa and the death of their daughter, for which he blamed himself, and Brianna comforted him.

Putting great trust in Brianna, Ian then asked her whether he should stay on the Ridge or go back to the Mohawk to his ex-wife. At first Brianna felt that she couldn't make the decision for him, but then realized that she is his family and the responsibility does lay in her hands, and so she gave him her opinion. Ian followed her advice and stayed.

In August 1775, when Brianna was abducted by Neil Forbes and Stephen Bonnet, Ian interrogated Forbes and cut his ear off.

After Brianna's return to the future, Ian missed his cousin, and the fact that he could say anything to her.

Upon his cousin Brianna Fraser's arrival to Fraser's Ridge Ian met her bond maid Lizzie Wemyss. Lizzie developed something of a crush on him and vice versa at the start.

As a result of Lizzie mistakenly accusing Roger MacKenzie of raping Brianna, Ian and Jamie Fraser beat him and sold him into slavery among the Iroquois. After discovering the truth, and knowing his cousin was pregnant, Ian went with Jamie and Claire to find Roger. During their rescue attempt, a man among Roger's Mohawk captors was killed; as was customary, the injured party demanded that a replacement be offered in recompense. Rather than make Roger stay, Ian offered himself as replacement, allowing Roger to return to Brianna. Upon learning of Ian's decision, Lizzie was heartbroken.

When Ian returned in October 1772, Lizzie was betrothed to Manfred McGillivray. Following the breaking of the engagement, Brianna suggested that perhaps Ian would marry Lizzie. However, Ian explained that while he could be content with Lizzie, he considered her to be more like a sister.

Ian met Wakyo'teyehsnonhsa (Works With Her Hands) in the Mohawk village of Snaketown while searching for Roger MacKenzie. He nicknamed her "Emily". As part of the negotiations for Roger's release, Ian chose to become a Mohawk to replace a man that was killed, and married Emily. They experienced a number of miscarriages, including a stillborn daughter whom he privately named Iseabaìl. These tragedies irrevocably damaged their relationship, and Ian left Emily and the tribe at the suggestion of Tewaktenyonh.

In 1777, perhaps looking for closure after a talk with his Aunt Claire about his ability to have children, Ian sought and found Emily at her new home at Unadilla, where she and her new husband Sun Elk had moved to join Thayendanegea. She presented her children to Ian: a boy of about five, a girl of about three, and an infant daughter. She asked Ian if he would name her newest daughter, a great honor, but Ian refused, saying he would instead name her son Swiftest of Lizards.

Ian had a sexual relationship with Malva Christie during the time that she was trying to obscure the identity of her unborn child's father. Ian knew that he was not the only man she was sleeping with, after he showed late for one of their meetings to find her having sex with Bobby Higgins instead. When word got out that Malva was with child, allegedly by Jamie, a fight broke out between Bobby and Ian. Ian confessed to Claire that he'd been intimate with Malva and could possibly be the father. He offered to marry her if the child was his, if it would get people to stop saying horrible things about Jamie, but Claire advised that doing so wouldn't stop the talk. When Claire asked Ian why he hadn't thought of marrying Malva before having sex with her, he admitted that after a few times he had considered it, but decided against it as he did not trust Malva, and knew he could never rest easy with her.

Ian met Rachel Hunter in summer 1777,[6] when he brought William Ransom to her Quaker settlement seeking medical help. Some days later, Ian visited her house briefly to inquire about William's health. They met again in a militia camp, where Rachel's brother Denzell was an army surgeon, and Ian's uncle Jamie a colonel. The Hunters became friends with Claire and Jamie, and when Denzell was captured by the British, Ian and Jamie rescued him from hanging.

Ian developed feelings for Rachel. In October 1777, while delivering a tin of goose grease for her brother, Ian kissed Rachel and she hit him, but after the first shock she allowed him to hold her hand. It was clear that his feelings were reciprocated. Ian was afraid that he might not be able to control himself if she touched him again, and that Rachel might be killed by Arch Bug because of Ian's love for her, and he left. He then asked Jamie and Claire to talk to Denzell, who respects them, about Ian's intentions to marry Rachel, but this counsel was forestalled by the appearance of Mr. X, who was blackmailing Jamie. Ian killed Mr. X and was forced to flee, and Rachel offered to take care of Rollo, who had been wounded and was unable to run with Ian.

Ian and Rachel were reunited in May or June 1778, when Ian and William stopped Arch Bug's attempt to kill Rachel. The two became engaged and married in a double Quaker wedding in late July or early August.

In September, they learned that Rachel was pregnant with their first child, and she gave birth to a son in early June 1779. While still deciding on his proper name, they affectionately called him "Oggy".


  • Ian is the modern Scottish variant of the name John.[9]
    • John is the English form of Iohannes, the Latin form of the Greek name Ιωαννης (Ioannes), itself derived from the Hebrew name יוֹחָנָן (Yochanan) meaning "YAHWEH is gracious".[10]
  • James is the English form of the Late Latin name Iacomus which was derived from Ιακωβος (Iakobos), the New Testament Greek form of the Hebrew name Ya'aqov (Jacob). Thus, the names James and Jacob derive from the same source. Possible meanings of the name Jacob include "holder of the heel", "supplanter", or "may God protect".[11][12]
  • Fitzgibbons (alternatively Fitzgibbon) is derived from the name Gibb, a short form of the Norman personal name Gilbert. This name was originally derived from the name Gislebert, which is comprised of the Germanic elements "gisil," which means "hostage" or "noble youth," and "berht," which means "bright" or "famous." The name features the distinctive Irish patronymic prefix "fitz," which means "son of" in Anglo-French. This is derived from the Old French word "fils," which ultimately comes from the Latin word "filius," both of which mean "son." The Gaelic form of the surname Fitzgibbon is Mac Giobúin.[13]
  • Fraser may be derived from Fredarius, Fresel or Freseau. Another suggestion is that the Frasers were a tribe in Roman Gaul, whose badge was a strawberry plant.[14]
  • Murray is derived from the region in Scotland called Moray meaning "seaboard settlement".[15]


TV Series

Main article: Outlander (TV series)

Scottish actor John Bell has been cast to portray Young Ian in Season Three of the Outlander television adaptation.[5]


Season Three

Season Four



  1. Age as of the end of Written in My Own Heart's Blood.
  2. 2.0 2.1 In the book series, Young Ian has brown hair and brown eyes. In the television series, the actor portraying him has blond hair and light eyes.
  3. In An Echo in the Bone, Ian meets Emily's five-year-old son, who is nicknamed Digger. Digger tells Ian that Tewaktenyonh told Digger that he was the son of Ian's spirit. After Emily offers Ian the honor of naming her daughter, Ian instead chooses to name her son: Swiftest of Lizards. It remains ambiguous whether Swiftest of Lizards is Ian's biological son, or Tewaktenyonh only meant that the child is Ian's son by the Mohawk way of thinking – that is, a man's spirit must overcome a woman's to conceive a child. (See Compuserve Forum – Diana Gabaldon Folder – Diana responds to a question about Swiftest of Lizards' paternity; Compuserve Forum – Diana Gabaldon Folder – Diana addresses Swiftest of Lizards' paternity: "We don't know.")
  4. In Written in My Own Heart's Blood, while living in Savannah, Rachel and Ian began referring to their unborn child as Oglethorpe (affectionately shortened to "Oggy") for James Oglethorpe, founder of the colony of Georgia and the city of Savannah. The child was born in June of 1779, though they have yet to decide on the child's Christian name.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Outlander has filled two pivotal roles for season 3 - September 20, 2016
  6. 6.0 6.1 There is some inconsistency in An Echo in the Bone:
    • On June 12, 1777, the Frasers and Ian Murray are at Fort Ticonderoga. Claire talks to Ian about his problems with having children, and he leaves the Fort the next day (Chapter 35).
    • On June 21, 1777, William Ransom is wandering through the Great Dismal (Chapter 36). A few days later, he is wounded and meets Ian Murray who helps him to get to a Quaker settlement in search of medical care (Chapter 37). William is tended by Rachel Hunter (Chapter 38). William then travels with Rachel and Denzell north for some weeks and they part ways in New Jersey (Chapters 41–42). Denzell intends to join the Continental army as a surgeon.
    • On June 18, 1777, Claire writes in a letter to Brianna and Roger from Fort Ticonderoga that Ian left the fort a month ago, and that "the new influx of recruits brought with it a young Quaker doctor named Denzell Hunter and his sister, Rachel" (Chapter 43).
  7. A Breath of Snow and Ashes, chapter 55.
  8. Brianna and Roger were handfast, a form of trial marriage that lasts for a year and a day.
  9. Behind the Name: Ian – Accessed 17 March 2014
  10. Behind the Name: John – Accessed 17 March 2014
  11. Behind the Name: James – Accessed 19 April 2015.
  12. Behind the Name: Jacob – Accessed 19 April 2015.
  13. House of Names: Fitzgibbon – Accessed 19 April 2015.
  14. Way, George and Squire, Romily. Collins Scottish Clan & Family Encyclopedia. (Foreword by The Rt Hon. The Earl of Elgin KT, Convenor, The Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs). Published in 1994. Pages 142 - 143.
  15. Behind the Name – Surnames – Accessed 17 March 2014

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