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Harry Quarry is a Colonel in the British army and a longtime friend of Hal Grey. Harry was governor of the prison at Ardsmuir, Scotland, before being relieved in the post by Lord John Grey. He befriends Lord John upon the latter's return from Scotland.
Quarry started his military career around 1740 with the Buffs, joining Hal's regiment around 1757. It is not clear whether or not Quarry served with the Buffs during the Jacobite Rising of 1745, but he may well have, as the regiment is noted to have supported the government forces at Falkirk and Culloden.
In autumn of 1756, Harry is dining at The Society for the Appreciation of the English Beefsteak with Lord John Grey. He introduces John to his cousin by marriage, Robert Gerald. After some prodding by Harry, Gerald explains that George Bubb-Dodington had just made him an offer, which he refused. Harry and John later find themselves near the Exchange taking coffee, comparing London busy and thriving character to the relative quiet of the Scottish Highlands. The conversation naturally turns to Jamie Fraser, an inmate at the prison where each man separately served as governor in effective exile.
The conversation between the men is interrupted as Quarry makes note of his cousin's arrival. As they go to greet him, someone – using the surge of the crowd – strikes Gerald down with their blade. By the time that Quarry and Grey manage to push through the throngs of people, Gerald lay dying upon the ground. While Quarry rages at the crowd demanding answers, Grey tries to get even a hint of who has done this from Gerald, whose lips move to speak but the words do not come as he dies. Harry clips a clean lock of Gerald's hair, to deliver to his cousin's mother.
Grey makes inquiries and speculations, and he and Quarry attempt to speak with the hall porter at the Beefsteak to determine what Bubb-Dodington had spoken to Gerald about on the day of his death, but their searching proves all but futile. Two days after his cousin's murder, Harry sends Grey an invitation to a party hosted by his half brother Sir Richard Joffrey and Sir Richard's wife Lady Lucinda. Harry attaches his own note imploring Grey to come, as he had news, as well as a broadsheet containing a piece of doggerel that gives undertones of speculation about Gerald's sexuality. As soon as Grey arrives, Quarry takes him aside to speak in private. Quarry tells him that more copies of the broadsheet and others like it have been put about all around the city, and that people are making accusations that Gerald was a pederast and a member of a "notorious sodomitical society." These rumors only fuel Quarry's outrage.
Given these vicious postmortem rumors that attack the character of a dead man, Grey speculates that the killer wasn't just after murder, but blackening Gerald's character as well. As they ponder who could have been so invested in ruining Gerald's name, Grey is distracted by someone he sees in the crowd, but Harry pulls him back to the matter at hand by introducing him to Lucinda, who, despite being distraught by the murder of her cousin, is still keeping up appearances at her husband's insistence.
Grey confides to Harry and Lucinda that Gerald had asked to meet him after dark at the Arcade. Harry is rather shocked, especially by the location, and offended that his cousin didn't confide in him. Grey reminds Harry that his note had mentioned news, and Harry explains that he had found the hall porter and learned that the offer Gerald refused was an invitation to an event at Sir Francis Dashwood's home in West Wycombe – a place, says Lady Lucinda, where he entertains others for the purpose of seducing the powerful. They consider that Dashwood and his cohorts may have been interested in Gerald for his closeness to the prime minister. Harry is drawn out onto the dance floor, leaving Grey and Lucinda to talk. Later Grey finds Harry again, ranting in outrage about Dashwood, Grey notices the way Harry's lips move to say "Dashwood" and realizes that's what Gerald was trying to say when he died.
Wanting to learn the exact nature of Dashwood's involvement in Gerald's death, Grey accepts his own invitation to Medmenham Abbey. Harry insists on accompanying Grey and stations himself in the meadow facing the guest wing where Grey is staying; they arrange a signal in which Grey passes a candle over his window to tell him all is well.
While still watching out for Grey, Harry finds it more than a little curious to see the group all going out dressed in monks' robes. He follows, staying just far enough away to not be seen. Some time later, Harry finds Grey in the midst of a fight with George Everett, who staggers back onto Harry's ready sword, and dies. Harry admits that he heard George's confession, but Grey wonders privately if Harry heard any implication of John's own nature amidst Everett's ramblings.
Harry enlists Lord John in the matter of investigating the theft of some army requisitions and the death of a sergeant in the regiment, Timothy O'Connell. He also introduces Lord John to the mysterious Hubert Bowles.
Lord John learns from his mother Benedicta Grey that Harry writes erotic poetry; John realizes that the book Lucinda Joffrey had asked him to give to Diderot was in fact written by Harry Quarry, under the pseudonym "Sub-Genius".
Harry dines with Lord John at The Society for the Appreciation of the English Beefsteak, where they discuss what John should do in light of the investigation into the explosion of the cannon of which John took command at Crefeld.
When Jamie Fraser sees Quarry for the first time since the latter left Ardsmuir Prison, Fraser immediately leaves without a word. Lord John raises the point with Hal that Quarry left Fraser in irons, and Quarry thinks he ought to offer Fraser satisfaction with a duel, but Fraser ultimately declines.
In 1754, Harry is appointed Governor of Ardsmuir Prison after a scandalous duel. Harry noted that Jamie Fraser, a prisoner, was one the others all seemed to look to. In order to establish goodwill with Fraser, Harry developed an arrangement whereby he ate supper with Fraser once a week and they discussed the prisoners' concerns.
In 1755, Lord John Grey is appointed as Governor of Ardsmuir Prison, taking over the role from Harry Quarry. Harry tells Lord John that there is one prisoner called Red Jamie Fraser who acts as spokesperson for all the others, and whom John will have to deal with, all the while knowing that John had an embarrassing incident with Red Jamie during the Rising.
Harry tells John that the prisoners will obey James Fraser without question, but will not obey any orders unless Jamie has given his approval. He tells John how he handled things with Fraser and suggests that John do the same. Quarry warns John to never turn his back on Fraser if he ever dines with him alone; although he is in chains, Fraser is a large man and many of the Jacobite Scots are filled with hatred towards the English.
In London in early 1777, Lord John consults with Harry about a couple persons of interest: Ezekiel Richardson, a British Army captain who has William Ransom off on an intelligencing expedition, and Denys Randall-Isaacs, whom William has met in the course of said mission.
Bluff and frequently uncouth in manner, Harry nevertheless has a knack for mentally cataloging information about people and their relationships. He is Hal's most trusted friend, besides his brother John.
Handsome; noted to have hazel eyes. Harry has a scar across one of his cheeks from a scandalous duel.
- Harry is a Medieval English form of Henry, from the Germanic name Heimirich which meant "home ruler", composed of the elements heim "home" and ric "power, ruler".
- Quarry has a number of meanings based on origin.
- In Irish and Manx, it is a reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Guaire.
- In English, of Norman origin, it is a nickname for a thickset or portly man, from Anglo-Norman French quaré "square".
- In English, from Middle English quarey "quarry", it is a topographic name for someone who lived near a stone quarry, or a metonymic occupational name for someone who worked in one.
- Unless otherwise detained, Harry enters The Society for the Appreciation of the English Beefsteak at four-thirty every Wednesday afternoon.
- ↑ "A Fugitive Green" DailyLines. Accessed 30 July 2016
- ↑ Age as of the end of Written in My Own Heart's Blood.
- ↑ Voyager, chapter 8: In 1755, Lord John notes that Quarry has 15 years' seniority.
- ↑ If Quarry had prior service with a different regiment, it is not noted in the text.
- ↑ Buffs via Wikipedia. Accessed 16 December 2016.
- ↑ Voyager, chapter 8
- ↑ Behind the Name: Harry - accessed 22 June 2016
- ↑ Behind the Name: Henry - accessed 22 June 2016
- ↑ Ancestry.com: Quarry - accessed 22 June 2016
- ↑ An Echo in the Bone, chapter 32