|“||Ye looked fair wild, man, for there was blood runnin' doon your face and your hair was loose on the wind. Ye'd sheathed your sword to carry me, but ye pulled it again as ye turned away. I didna think I should see ye again, for if ever I saw a man set to meet his death...||”|
Archibald Hayes fought alongside his father, Gavin Hayes at the Battle of Culloden, the day before his twelfth birthday. He was shot at point-blank range by Sergeant Murchison on the battlefield. Before Murchison could run him through with a bayonet, Jamie Fraser struck Murchison over the head and then carried the injured boy away from the battlefield.
Hayes is from Fife, Scotland.
Events of the NovelsEdit
Hayes approaches Jamie at the Gathering at Mount Helicon in 1770, using his father's name by way of introduction.
During the Gathering, Hayes reads aloud a proclamation by Governor William Tryon regarding the riots in Hillsborough the previous spring. Later, he seeks out Jamie's company throughout the day, and succeeds by employing his wife's expertise as a surgeon, surmising that Jamie would join his wife sooner or later. He recalls to Jamie the fact that the older man had saved Hayes' life at the Battle of Culloden, and recounts events that Jamie's memory had long suppressed.
Though he enjoys partaking in conversation and hospitality, there is a lot going on in the background that Hayes doesn't say aloud – a fact that Jamie notes, in considering what Hayes' motive for speaking on behalf of the governor might be.
When Claire removes the shrapnel from his back, Hayes displays the typical Scottish stoicism to which she is accustomed.
- Archibald is derived from the Germanic elements ercan "genuine" and bald "bold".
- Hayes is a reduced Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Ó hAodha 'descendant of Aodh', a personal name meaning 'fire'. In some cases, the surname is of English origin, having been taken to Ireland by the Normans.