|“||I baptize thee, Henri-Christian, in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost! D'ye hear me, wee bastards? His name is Christian! He belongs to the Lord! Trouble him again, ye lot of scabs, and Satan will pop up and drag ye straight down screaming- TO HELL!||”|
Events of the NovelsEdit
Henri-Christian is born as the fourth child of Fergus and Marsali. He is a dwarf and some of the residents of Fraser's Ridge believe he is a punishment for his parents' sins. In 1774, Fergus and Marsali move with their children to New Bern.
In 1777, Henri-Christian moves with his parents and siblings from New Bern to Philadelphia. In April 1778, as Henri-Christian's problems with breathing get worse, Claire Fraser performs tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy on him.
In September 1778, Fergus and Marsali receive threats. On September 18, their Philadelphian printshop burns down and Henri-Christian dies while trying to escape the flames.
Henri-Christian was a dwarf. He was dark-haired like his father Fergus.
- Henri is the French form of Henry, from the Germanic name Heimirich which meant "home ruler", composed of the elements heim "home" and ric "power, ruler".
- Christian is from the medieval Latin name Christianus meaning "a Christian".
- Fraser may be derived from Fredarius, Fresel or Freseau. The earliest recorded versions of the name, from the 12th century, are de Fresel, de Friselle and de Freseliere, which appear to be Norman. Another suggestion is that the Frasers were a tribe in Roman Gaul, whose badge was a strawberry plant.
- ↑ An Echo in the Bone, chapter 18. Joan calls Henri-Christian "Bubbles" as a pet name when calling him to perform outside the shop.
- ↑ Behind the Name: Henri - accessed 27 May 2016
- ↑ Behind the Name: Henry - accessed 27 May 2016
- ↑ Behind the Name: Christian - accessed 27 May 2016
- ↑ House of Names: Fraser – accessed 19 May 2015
- ↑ Way, George and Squire, Romily. Collins Scottish Clan & Family Encyclopedia. (Foreword by The Rt Hon. The Earl of Elgin KT, Convenor, The Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs). Published in 1994. Pages 142 - 143.