Little is known about Captain Raines, other than his captaincy of the Artemis.
Events of the NovelsEdit
Captain Raines sets sail from Scotland in December 1766 bound for Jamaica. While the supercargo, Jamie Fraser, hires on the crew of the ship, Raines selected Aloysius Murphy as his cook to accommodate his delicate stomach.
During a storm off the coast of Hispaniola, Captain Raines and a few members of the crew are swept off the ship by a huge wave, washed out to sea, and drowned. The remaining crew gave them proper burial.
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He was a small, plump, elderly man with a beard.
- Raines has several possible origins:
- An English habitational name for someone from Rayne in Essex, recorded in Domesday Book as Raines, possibly from an unattested Old English word, hrægene 'shelter', 'eminence'.
- An English habitational name of Norman origin from Rennes in Brittany.
- A Jewish (Ashkenazic) metronymic from the Yiddish female personal name Rayne, or used as a translation of Hebrew Malka 'queen'.