Edward Twelvetrees was the brother of Reginald and Nathaniel Twelvetrees. He was an agent in the employ of Hubert Bowles, and worked to uncover Jacobite plots.

Personal HistoryEdit

Edward was army major and youngest of the Twelvetrees brothers. He despised both Lord John Grey and Harold Grey for his brother's death.

Events of the Lord John SeriesEdit

The Scottish PrisonerEdit

Lord John Grey suspects him of having collaborated with Gerald Siverly's embezzlement schemes, and of having later killed the man. After Edward calls Grey a sodomite and murderer in public, Jamie Fraser names him as a suspected traitor, for which he challenges Jamie to a duel. Grey takes on the duel in Jamie's stead and kills Twelvetrees, nearly dying himself in the process. Grey later has a crisis of conscience when he learns from Hubert Bowles that Twelvetrees was actually a government spy helping to catch Siverly and the Irish Jacobite traitors.


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Physical AppearanceEdit

Described as pale, long-nosed face, with the beady little ferret-black eyes.


  • Edward means "rich guard", derived from the Old English elements ead "wealth, fortune" and weard "guard".[1]
  • Twelvetrees is possibly a habitational surname and describes somebody who lived by a group of twelve "somethings". Another possibility is that it originated from a now "lost" village called Twelvetrees, but no such place has been found in any gazetter of the past three centuries. There is another suggestion that the derivation of the name is from 'Atte-well', which over the centuries became Twelve.[2]



  1. Behind the Name: Edward - accessed 18 June 2016
  2. Surname: Twelevetrees - accessed 18 June 2016

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