Johannes Gerstmann is King Louis XV's singing-master. He meets Claire and Jamie Fraser at Louise de La Tour's salon.

Personal HistoryEdit

Little is known about Gerstmann's background, except that he is Austrian.[1] He is good friend with Mother Hildegarde, the mother superior at the Couvent des Anges who runs a charity hospital.

Events of the NovelsEdit

Dragonfly in AmberEdit

Claire Fraser first meets Herr Gerstmann at Louise de La Tour's salon, where he is horrified to learn of Jamie's tone-deafness but pleased that Claire suffers no such malady. He later accompanies a group of ladies to L'Hôpital des Anges to do charity work, and advises Claire on approaching King Louis to request a royal pardon for Jamie.


Herr Gerstmann is enthusiastic and cheerful.

Physical AppearanceEdit

Described as a small, wizened specimen. He wore a wig that was a trifle too big, and tended to slide forward when he would nod.[2]


  • Johannes is a Latin form of Ioannes ('John),[3] English form of Iohannes, the Latin form of the Greek name Ιωαννης (Ioannes), itself derived from the Hebrew name יוֹחָנָן (Yochanan) meaning "Yahweh (God) is gracious".[4]
  • Gerstmann originated as an occupational name for a dealer in barley or a farmer who grew barley,[5] from German Gerste "barley" and Mann "man".


TV SeriesEdit

Main article: Outlander (TV series)

Herr Gerstmann does not appear in the STARZ adaptation of the Outlander series.


  1. The Outlandish Companion, "Cast of Characters"
  2. Dragonfly in Amber, chapter 11
  3. Behind the Name: Johannes - accessed 29 June 2016
  4. Behind the Name: John - accessed 29 June 2016
  5. Ancestry: Gerstman – accessed 29 June 2016.

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