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Lallybroch, also known as Broch Tuarach, is the small estate that belonged to Brian and Ellen Fraser, and whose ownership passed to Jamie Fraser after his father's death. According to Jamie, the land is fairly rich and offers opportunity for fishing and hunting. Lallybroch supports about sixty crofts, as well as the small village, Broch Mordha. Jamie's family home is the manor house on the estate.
Upon Ellen MacKenzie's marriage to Brian Fraser, Ellen's brothers, Colum and Dougal, insisted that she not be a tenant on Fraser lands, but instead live on a freehold. The estate of Broch Tuarach, situated along the border between the Fraser and MacKenzie lands, was thus deeded to Brian Fraser, but a clause in the deed stipulated that ownership of the estate must pass to Ellen's issue only. If she had died without bearing children, the land would have passed back to Lord Fraser of Lovat, and not to any children Brian may have had by another woman. However, Ellen did have two children that lived to adulthood – her son Jamie and daughter Jenny – and so Jamie inherited the estate upon his father's death.
Named for an old broch on the land, Broch Tuarach means "north-facing tower" in Gaelic. Lallybroch, as the estate is known among those who live there, in turn means "lazy tower". Jamie explains to Claire, who fails to see how a cylindrical structure could face a particular direction or be called lazy, that the door of the structure faces north, and the nickname comes from the fact that the tower leans slightly to the north – owing to its falling down and being rebuilt many times over the years.
After Jamie was arrested by Captain Randall, his father, Brian, died suddenly, and the running of the estate fell to Jamie's sister, Jenny, the last of his immediate family. While Jamie was away, Jenny married Ian Murray, and the two of them managed the estate in Jamie's absence, until he returned a few years later with his new wife, Claire.
During the rising in an effort to protect Lallybroch and his family if he should be tried for treason, Jamie signs the property over to Young Jamie, with signatures from Claire and Murtagh as legal witnesses.
The Manor HouseEdit
On Claire's first journey to Lallybroch with Jamie, she finds the house is larger than she had expected:
- "...a handsome three-story manor of harled white stone, windows outlined in the natural gray stone, a high slate roof with multiple chimneys, and several smaller whitewashed buildings clustered about it."
Listed roughly in order of appearance.
When they return to Scotland after Mandy's recovery, Brianna and Roger move in to Lallybroch and live there with their children.
Listed roughly in order of appearance.
- Donas - described as a "huge, evil-tempered sorrel stallion". Jamie and Auld Alec are breaking in Donas at Castle Leoch Jamie rides Donas to rescue Claire from the witch trial and Donas's speed allows him to get there on time. Young Fergus is sent on Donas to deliver the Deed of Sasine safely to Jenny and Ian. The name Donas is given to all the sorrel colts descended from the original Donas. When Claire returns through the stones there is another horse called Donas at Lallybroch who is Donas's grandson.
- Bran - the Fraser's staghound who greets Jamie joyously when he returns home to Lallybroch. Bran is black and tan.
- Luke - the Fraser's small brownish rat-terrier.
- Mars - one of the Fraser's spotted sheepdogs.
- Nairn - the grandfather of the Fraser's staghound Bran who appears in Ellen's painting of Willie and Jamie as young boys. Jamie tells Claire he used to ride Nairn when he was small.
- Elphin - one of the Fraser's spotted sheepdogs.
- Jehu - a rat terrier belonging to Jenny & Ian.
- Jocky - Young Ian's half grown puppy, given to him by his father. Jocky is brown and white with floppy ears.
- Hughie - Jenny's prized Merino ram.
- Midhope Castle stands in for Lallybroch on the Outlander television series.
- Ellen Fraser was an accomplished painter and a number of her paintings hang on the walls.
- Jamie and his elder brother Willie - a painting by Ellen of Jamie aged about 2 years, his older brother Willie and their staghound Nairn. The painting is slashed by an English soldier's bayonet in one of the numerous raids on the Lallybroch estate after Culloden.
- Jenny and her pet birds - a painting Ellen did of Jenny as a young girl, posed in front of a wall with her pet birds lined up on top of the wall.