Stephen Bonnet is a pirate, smuggler, sometime murderer and all-round disreputable character, whom Jamie and Claire Fraser first meet as they leave Charleston, South Carolina.

Personal HistoryEdit

Bonnet was orphaned at an early age in Sligo, Ireland, and grew up self-sufficient by working as a cabin boy aboard trading ships. When he was seventeen, he found work in Inverness building the foundation of a house, where he was nearly used as a human sacrifice to fulfill an ancient custom. From that point on, he made seafaring his occupation, rather than work on land.[2]

Events of the NovelsEdit


Bonnet likes to think himself something of a gentlemen. But at his core he is as cold and ruthless as he needs to be. He mostly lacks in morals and compassion. Though when he did think that Jeremiah MacKenzie was his son he showed some level of compassion in giving Brianna MacKenzie a black diamond for the child and saving Lord John Grey's life at her request.

Physical AppearanceEdit

Bonnet was what country people called “well set up,” with a tall, powerful frame and a barrel chest, his features heavy-boned but coarsely handsome, and pale green eyes the color of shallow seas. A few inches shorter than Jamie, with a slightly crooked his nose and a small scar by the corner of his mouth. The small imperfections did nothing to mar the overall impression of animal magnetism; he was the sort of man who attracted women easily.[1]


  • Stephen is from the Greek name Στεφανος (Stephanos) meaning "crown".[9]
  • Bonnet is from the Latin given name Bonitus meaning "good".[10]


  • While Stephen Bonnet of the Outlander series is fictional, Diana Gabaldon has said that it is possible he is illegitimately descended from the real historical figure, Stede Bonnet.[11]
  • Bonnet cannot read or write, and therefore does not trust receipts or paper money as payment, only gold or objects of intrinsic value.[12]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Based on Claire's assessment of Stephen in Drums of Autumn, chapter 1.
  2. Drums of Autumn, chapter 39
  3. Drums of Autumn, chapter 62
  4. The Fiery Cross, chapter 100
  5. The Fiery Cross, chapter 103
  6. A Breath of Snow and Ashes, chapter 105
  7. A Breath of Snow and Ashes, chapter 108
  8. A Breath of Snow and Ashes, chapter 117
  9. Behind the Name: Stephen. Accessed 01 July 2016
  10. Behind the Name Surname: Bonnet. Accessed 01 July 2016
  11. Henry, Karen. "Stephen Bonnet's ancestry." MSG: 70276.16. Diana Gabaldon. Books and Writers Community. Compuserve. Published 31 July 2011. Accessed 23 December 2016. 
  12. The Fiery Cross, chapter 73

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