|This article is about Simon Fraser, Master of Lovat. You may be looking for his father, Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat, or Simon Fraser of Balnain.|
Simon was the eldest legitimate son of the 11th Lord Lovat.
Events of the NovelsEdit
In 1745, Simon meets Jamie and Claire Fraser for the first time when they visit his father. He insults Claire by calling her Mistress Honeylips to test how much Gaelic she has and is punched in the jaw by Jamie.
Young Simon is eager to join Charles Stuart but his father won't commit and they clash over this. Simon's initial suspicion of Jamie fades into a reluctant respect due to Jamie's obvious expertise in the art of war.
Lord Lovat uses illness as an excuse not to join Charles Stuart, but sends Young Simon at the head of his men. They leave in mid-December to join the Highland army at Edinburgh.
When Jamie arrives back in Edinburgh to try and get his men released from prison, Young Simon tells Jamie he will accompany him to Stirling Castle to plead with Charles Stuart. He also suggests that Jamie take Dougal MacKenzie, as Dougal has given Charles Stuart 10,000 pounds in sterling and consequently is much in Charles's favor.
Simon says that to ensure Dougal comes to Jamie's aid he will pretend that he is going to claim the men for Lord Lovat so as to get his hands on Lallybroch.
In 1746, the ruse works and Jamie, Simon and Dougal ride to Stirling Castle together to plead with Charles Stuart.
At first Simon is rude and hostile toward his half-nephew, but gradually acquires a grudging respect for Jamie's knowledge of military tactics. Eager to join the rebel cause, Simon becomes frustrated by his father's hesitance to commit.
- Jamie Fraser: Young Simon greets his half-nephew Jamie by insulting his wife with a crude Gaelic epithet, and maintains a suspicious hostility toward him until eventually coming to respect Jamie's knowledge and experience of making war.
- Simon comes from Σιμων (Simon), the New Testament Greek form of the Hebrew name שִׁמְעוֹן (Shim'on) which meant "he has heard".
- 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. Another suggestion is that the Frasers were a tribe in Roman Gaul, whose badge was a strawberry plant.
- Lovat is a habitational name from Beauly in Inverness-shire, so named from Gaelic lobh 'rot', 'putrefy' + the locative suffix -aid.
- Main article: Outlander (TV series)
Actor James Parris portrays Young Simon in the STARZ Outlander television series. The character of the TV series differs significantly from that of the books; the latter was eager to prove himself in battle, while his television counterpart appears timid and reluctant to distinguish himself.
- ↑ Dragonfly in Amber, chapter 40
- ↑ Dragonfly in Amber, chapter 42
- ↑ Behind the Name: Simon – accessed 17 June 2016.
- ↑ House of Names: Fraser – accessed 19 May 2015
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ The Dictionary of American Family Names by Patrick Hanks via Mooseroots.com. Accessed 17 June 2016.