Robert Brian Gordon MacKenzie Fraser was the youngest child of Ellen and Brian Fraser. He died at birth, along with Ellen.

Events of the NovelsEdit

An Echo in the BoneEdit

At Lallybroch in the 1980s, Brianna MacKenzie looks upon the gravestones in the family cemetery, and recalls Jenny Murray telling her about her third brother, who died at birth. Jenny explains that Brian had insisted on baptizing the child.

Written in My Own Heart's BloodEdit

Brianna sees the gravestones again, though this time in 1739, just after meeting Brian Fraser, her grandfather.


  • Robert is from the Germanic name Hrodebert meaning "bright fame", derived from the Germanic elements hrod "fame" and beraht "bright".[1]
  • Brian is possibly related to the old Celtic element bre meaning "hill", or by extension "high, noble".[2]
  • Gordon is from a Scottish surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "spacious fort".[3]
  • MacKenzie is the anglicized form of MacCoinnich, a Gaelic patronymic name meaning "son of Coinneach". The personal name Coinneach means "handsome" or "comely".[4][5]
  • Fraser may be derived from Fredarius, Fresel or Freseau. The earliest recorded versions of the name, from the 12th century, are de Fresel, de Friselle and de Freseliere, which appear to be Norman.[6] Another suggestion is that the Frasers were a tribe in Roman Gaul, whose badge was a strawberry plant.[7]



  1. Behind the Name: Robert - accessed 20 July 2016
  2. Behind the Name: Brian - accessed 20 July 2016
  3. Behind the Name: Gordon - accessed 20 July 2016
  4. Behind the Name: Coinneach – Accessed 19 April 2015.
  5. – MacKenzie. Accessed 19 April 2015.
  6. House of Names: Fraser – accessed 19 May 2015
  7. 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.

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