Following Aaron Beardsley's death, her mother Fanny gave birth to and abandoned her while traveling to Brownsville. Knowing the child was half-black, Fanny abandoned her newborn daughter, fearing the repercussions of her adultery.
By the time she was a few weeks old, Alicia's skin's pigmentation would have darkened, revealing her true heritage. Even though she was plainly not Beardsley's daughter, he was her legal father at the time of her birth, and thus she inherited his property and commercial goods.
Events of the NovelsEdit
In December 1770, while traveling to Brownsville with Claire Fraser and Jamie Fraser, her mother gives birth to her in the dead of night, and leaves her nearby for the Frasers to find. After examining her, Claire determines that the father was probably of African, or possibly Indian descent, owing to the presence of a Mongolian spot on the child. Claire and Jamie care for her and give her goat's milk, keeping her warm as they bring her into Brownsville.
Once in Brownsville, they find a nursing mother to feed the child, and Richard Brown makes the executive decision to take her in and raise her as his. Given the sudden death of her father and disappearance of her mother, she becomes the heiress of the profitable Beardsley's Trading Post.
Alicia is referenced by Claire as being the eight-year-old owner of the Beardsley Trading Post.
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Though her skin's pigmentation was not apparent at birth, Alicia was born with a Mongolian spot, indicating a mixed parentage. Presumably, as she grew older, her skin darkened to that of a mulatto.
- Alicia is the Latinized form of Alice, from the Old French name Aalis, a short form of Adelais, itself a short form of the Germanic name Adalheidis (see Adelaide) which was composed of the elements adal "noble" and heid "kind, sort, type".
- Beardsley is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational name from some minor, unrecorded or now "lost" place, believed to have been situated in Nottinghamshire or Leicestershire where the name is most popular.
- Alicia was named for Alicia Brown after she ran away to elope and live in sin with Isaiah Morton, it's unclear if this was from sentiment or outrage.
- ↑ Age as of the end of Written in My Own Heart's Blood.
- ↑ A Breath of Snow and Ashes, chapter 31
- ↑ The Fiery Cross, Chapter 31: Alicia Brown confesses to Claire that her mother knows of her pregnancy.
- ↑ Behind the name: Alicia - accessed 05 June 2016
- ↑ Behind the Name: Alice - accessed 05 June 2016
- ↑ Behind the Name: Adelaide - accessed 05 June 2016
- ↑ Surname Database: Beardsley - accessed 02 June 2016