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Joan MacKimmie is the younger daughter of Laoghaire and Simon MacKimmie, and sister to Marsali Fraser. She leaves Scotland to become a nun in Paris – a vocation she's chosen after hearing voices in her head.

Personal HistoryEdit

Joan was born to Simon MacKimmie and Laoghaire MacKenzie in 1753. Her father died in prison when she was quite young.

At some point Joan foresaw the death of Angus MacWheen, who was ill. A few weeks later she also saw death's shadow on the second of Vhairi Fraser's sons, a small child, who four days after the Seeing was crushed in the lane by a maddened ox. Joan was deeply upset and conflicted when she heard of it. Soon after she made a decision to become a nun in France.      

Events of the NovelsEdit


Joan comes to Lallybroch with her mother and sister at Jenny's request. They are quickly sent back to Balgriggan by Jamie. Later on the Artemis, Marsali speaks of Joan when talking about their childhood to Claire.

An Echo in the BoneEdit

Joan seeks out Jamie and Claire Fraser during their stay in Lallybroch, to convince them to help her achieve her dream of becoming a nun in France. She enlists Jamie's help in convincing Laoghaire to marry Joey, so that she can receive her dowry and become a nun with a clear conscience.  

Claire offers to escort Joan to Paris, where she could join Mother Hildegarde's convent, to which Joan agrees. However, because of an emergency in America Claire is forced to return there, leaving Joan to be escorted by the recently widowed Michael Murray instead.

"The Space Between"Edit

Joan is escorted to Paris by recently-widowed Michael Murray. She hopes to become a nun to quieten the voices in her head and manage the strange gift of Sight she has.  


Though stern in aspect, Joan is thoughtful and kind-hearted, and gives great consideration to her intended vocation as a nun.

Physical AppearanceEdit

She has a long, solemn face, with the shape of her mother's eyes and nose but otherwise tall, dark, and heavy-browed. Jamie notes that she has a mouth not used to smiling. Not a great beauty, but has "a certain dignity about her that was attractive."[2]



  • Joan is a Medieval English form of Johanne, an Old French form of Iohanna (Joanna),[3] an English and Polish form of Latin Iohanna, which was derived from Greek Ιωαννα (Ioanna), the feminine form of Ioannes (JOHN)[4] the Latin form of the Greek name Ιωαννης (Ioannes), itself derived from the Hebrew name יוֹחָנָן (Yochanan) meaning "YAHWEH is gracious".[5]
  • MacKimmie is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Shimidh, a patronymic from a Gaelic equivalent to the name Simon,[6] from Σιμων (Simon), the New Testament Greek form of the Hebrew name שִׁמְעוֹן (Shim'on) which meant "he has heard".[7]


TV SeriesEdit

Main article: Outlander (TV series)

Actress Layla Burns portrays Young Joan on the Outlander TV series.


Season Three



  1. Age as of the end of Written in My Own Heart's Blood.
  2. An Echo in the Bone, chapter 79
  3. Behind the Name: Joan. Accessed 27 May 2016.
  4. Behind the Name: Joanna. Accessed 27 May 2016.
  5. Behind the Name: John. Accessed 27 May 2016.
  6. House of Names: MacKimmie. Accessed 27 May 2016.
  7. Behind the Name: Simon. Accessed 27 May 2016.

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