Lionel Brown is a resident of Brownsville, and the brother of Richard Brown and Thomasina Brown.

Personal HistoryEdit

Lionel and his brother Richard have both been a source of trouble for the Fraser family since their first encounter in The Fiery Cross when the brothers attempt to kill Isaiah Morton, a member of Jamie Fraser's militia.

Events of the NovelsEdit

In December 1770, While gathering more able bodied men for the militia Roger MacKenzie, Fergus Fraser and the rest of the regiment head into Brownsville while Jamie Fraser and Claire Fraser went to the Beardsley's trading post.

Upon the arrival of the militia in the town Lionel and his brother, Richard Brown, open fire in an attempt to kill Isaiah Morton who had dishonored Alicia Brown. They miss their target and Morton runs off to hide. Roger and Fergus defuse the situation the best that they can.

When Jamie and Claire arrive in Brownsville they bring with the abandoned daughter of Fanny Beardsley. Given that the child was born during Fanny's marriage to Aaron Beardsley, who is now deceased, the infant in the heiress to the Beardsley's land and trading post. Seeing the opportunity to expand their power and wealth the brothers determine that their family would take the infant in.

After word is received that the militia has been disbanded Alicia and Isiah run away together int he middle of the night to avoid being caught by Lionel and Richard.

In May 1771, During the Battle of Alamance the brothers are part of Jamie's company however during the fighting they set their sights on Morton shooting him in the back. Thinking they'd killed him they do not report in after the battle. Claire however is able to save Morton's life.

In April 1773, Lionel and Richard decide they will form a Committee of Safety. After they stop at Fraser's Ridge to account this committee Jamie chooses to become an Indian Agent.

In October 1773, Lionel accompanies a band of bandits who attack Claire and Marsali Fraser near the Fraser's malting shed.Among the group of men are Arvin Hodgepile, erstwhile clerk at the Crown's warehouse in Cross Creek, Tebbe, a mulatto who fears supernatural retribution from Claire; Harley Boble, former thief-taker whom Claire had met at the Gathering in 1770; and a man named Donner, who reveals that he is originally from the year 1968. They leave Marsali for dead and take Claire hostage thinking she can tell them where all the whiskey is actually hidden.

Claire recognizes Lionel, who at first tried to warn the others against taking her not wanting to bring about Jamie's wraith. However after his warnings go ignored he then looks for a way and encourages Claire's death. Hodgepile ties Claire to a tree trunk on the second night, she is then beaten and sexually assaulted.

At dawn on the third day of Claire's captivity, Jamie, Ian, Roger, Fergus, Arch Bug, Tom Christie, and Kenny Lindsay arrive and slaughter the entire group except for Lionel Brown, whom they take back to the Ridge for questioning.

Jamie interrogates Lionel Brown, who is being kept at the Bugs' cabin. Brown reveals that Hodgepile's gang had attacked and begun looting the Beardsley tradepost, and the Browns' Committee of Safety had reached an agreement of mutual benefit to the gang and the Browns.

Days later, Lionel Brown crawls from the Bugs' cabin all the way to the Big House, where Claire tends to his injuries and he implores her for mercy. While Claire is out of the surgery for a minute, Mrs. Bug smothers Brown with a pillow and kills him. In anticipation of retribution, Arch Bug offers his own life in place of wife's, but Jamie spares them both.

Jamie and Claire, alongside Bird-whos-sings-in-the-morning, peace chief of the Snowbird Cherokee, lead a convoy of Ridge residents and Indians to deliver the body of Lionel Brown to his brother, Richard, at Brownsville.


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Physical AppearanceEdit

Described as a scrawny man with a straggling beard.[3] Lionel, like his brother, has a spare, almost gangly build, with hair the color of dried tobacco. Lionel is slightly taller than Richard.[4]


  • Lionel is the diminutive of Léon,[5] the French form of Leon[6] which is derived from Greek λεων (leon) meaning "lion".[7]
  • Brown is originally a nickname for a person who had brown hair or skin.[8]



  1. Smothered by Mrs. Bug in A Breath of Snow and Ashes
  2. The Fiery Cross, Chapter 31: Alicia confesses to Claire that her mother knows of her pregnancy.
  3. The Fiery Cross, chapter 28.
  4. A Breath of Snow and Ashes, chapter 9.
  5. Behind the Name: Lionel - accessed 05 June 2016
  6. Behind the Name: Léon - accessed 05 June 2016
  7. Behind the Name: Leon - accessed 05 June 2016
  8. Behind the Name Surnames: Brown - accessed 05 June 2016

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