I have always kent what it is to love a man—be he husband or brother, lover or son. A dangerous business; that’s what it is.

Janet "Jenny" Fraser Murray, born in 1719, is the second child of Brian and Ellen Fraser, between older brother, William, and younger brother, James. She grew up in the Scottish Highlands on her family's estate, Broch Tuarach. She is married to Ian Murray and together they have seven children.

Personal HistoryEdit

Early LifeEdit

Jenny, the only daughter born to Brian and Ellen, would often spend time during her youth with her younger brother, James, and their mother. Ellen died when Jenny was only 10 years old, but she stepped up to the role of "woman of the house", even preparing dinner for her family on the day of her mother's funeral. She continued to run their household through to adulthood.

In 1739, not long before Jamie's return from France, Jenny became acquainted with Roger MacKenzie when he came to Lallybroch while searching for his missing son. She was very cordial towards him and showed pride and happiness when speaking to him about her absent brother.       

When Jenny was about 20 years old, their home was raided by the English and Jamie attacked some of the soldiers. When their leader, Jack Randall, threatened Jenny with rape, Jamie ceased fighting and allowed himself to be held in an attempt to keep his sister safe. Jenny proceeded to kick Jack Randall in the privates which led to Jamie being arrested and taken away. Following his removal, Jack Randall took Jenny into the house and attempted to rape her. Jenny laughed at him when he was unable to perform and thus avoided being raped.

Marriage to IanEdit

Jenny married Ian Murray in 1740 shortly after her brother was imprisoned and her father Brian died. After Ian returned from war without part of his leg, Jenny went to him while he was working, kissed him, and informed him that they would be married. Jenny and Ian already had a close relationship, having growing up together, and they had a great understanding of each other.

When Brian died, the title Laird of Broch Tuarach passed to Jamie, who was in prison and unable to assume the role. In his absence, Jenny and Ian ran the estate. Not long after their marriage, they welcomed their first child, James Alexander Gordon Fraser Murray in 1741, affectionately called Young Jamie. Their arrangement as keepers of Lallybroch continued until Jamie returned to Lallybroch, over three years later.

Outlander seriesEdit


Born a Fraser, Jenny's stubbornness is matched only by her brother's, as are her fierce loyalty and love for her family. Having the running of a large household from the age of ten shaped her into a woman well-suited to the management of the estate and its tenants.

Physical AppearanceEdit

Jenny resembles Jamie in that they both have the same deep blue, slanted Fraser eyes and straight long nose, but where Jamie is fair, Jenny is dark. Her hair is a curly black, and her skin is very pale. She is also barely five feet tall, not anywhere near Jamie's six feet, four inches.



  • Janet is a medieval diminutive of the name Jane, and is ultimately derived from the Greek name Ioannes (John) meaning "YAHWEH is gracious".[3][4]
  • Flora is derived from Latin flos meaning "flower".[5]
  • Arabella is a medieval Scottish name that has been associated with the Latin orabilis meaning "invokable". Possibly derived from Annabel, ultimately derived from the Late Latin name Amabilis, meaning "lovable".[6][7]
  • Fraser may be derived from Fredarius, Fresel or Freseau. Another suggestion is that the Frasers were a tribe in Roman Gaul, whose badge was a strawberry plant.[8]
  • Murray is derived from the region in Scotland called Moray meaning "seaboard settlement".[9]


TV SeriesEdit

Main article: Outlander (TV series)

Northern Irish actress Laura Donnelly portrays Jenny Murray in the STARZ Outlander television series.


Season One

Season Two

Season Three



  1. Age as of the end of Written in My Own Heart's Blood.
  2. A younger brother that died either at birth or shortly after. Name mentioned in Chapter 21 of An Echo in the Bone. Full name given in Written in My Own Heart's Blood.
  3. Behind the Name: Janet – Accessed 17 March 2014
  4. Behind the Name: John – Accessed 17 March 2014
  5. Behind the Name: Flora – Accessed 19 April 2015
  6. Behind the Name: Arabella – Accessed 19 April 2015
  7. Behind the Name: Amabilis – Accessed 19 April 2015
  8. 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.
  9. Behind the Name (Surnames): Murray – Accessed 17 March 2014

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