On the second day of Claire-mas, we take a look at the woman who traveled through the stones. Who is Claire Elizabeth Beauchamp Randall Fraser in Outlander?
It is highly unlikely that Claire actually needs an introduction. We all know who she is, right? Well, while that is the case for those who have been around for a while, there are always new fans to Outlander. Whether it’s books or the show, people are learning all about this series that covers multiple genres.
So, we want to take a look at who Claire Fraser is. What does she do? How is she related to a few of the characters? What makes fans love her so much?
Claire-mas: Who is Claire Fraser in Outlander?
Claire Elizabeth Beauchamp was orphaned when she was just five years old. She was raised by her Uncle Quentin Lambert Beauchamp, also know as Uncle Lamb.
While she originally sent to a boarding school, she refused to stay. She wanted to be with Uncle Lamb, and he took her on many adventures. It’s possibly why she was so suited to the live of an 18th century Highlander at times. She was a nomad and she grew up with survival skills.
Come the Second World War, Claire wanted to do something to help. She became a nurse, which led to her being sent to France to aid with the war effort there. It led to seeing some of the most horrific injuries she would ever see, which again, would set her up for survival in the past.
Before the war, she marred Frank Randall. They were together only a short time before Claire and Frank were separated by the war. They were only just back together enjoying a second honeymoon in Scotland when Claire fell through the stones.
Claire finds a place in the 18th century
It took some time, but Claire found a home in the 18th century. That was thanks to Jamie Fraser, who made sure she was protected by marrying her. He didn’t mind marrying her, admitting that he loved her as soon as he saw her. It took Claire to realize her infatuation was in fact love.
When Claire had a chance to return to Frank—something she initially wanted to do—she chose Jamie. The two went to France for a while, where Claire miscarried their baby Faith and Jamie attempted to prevent Culloden from happening. Culloden still happened, and Jamie eventually set Claire back through the stones.
She was there for 20 years, where she had Jamie’s baby, Brianna. Frank took her back and raised Bree as his own. Bree even believed Frank was her father all the way up to his death, when Claire finally told Brianna the truth. It wasn’t easy to hear, and it wasn’t easy for Claire to admit to the full truth. However, it did lead to Claire finding out that Jamie survived Culloden after all.
Eventually, Claire returned to the past, and that’s where she’s stayed since. There have been some ups and downs along the way.
Becoming a surgeon in the 20th century
While she spent time in the 20th century, Claire was able to become a surgeon. It’s something that she’s taken back to the past with her. She’s used her skills to bring some modern medicine to the 18th century to protect the people living at Fraser’s Ridge in North Carolina. One of the biggest “inventions” was penicillin to help with bacterial infections.
She’s certainly saved some lives while in the past, including performing an appendectomy on Aidan McCallum. He was sure to die if she didn’t do this.
However, all of this has come with some negativity. She’s naturally viewed as a witch, which is something that she’s slowly just accepted and used to her advantage. That doesn’t mean she likes it, especially after facing a witch trial in Scotland in the 1740s.
As well as being a surgeon, she is a mother, grandmother, and loving wife.
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