On the seventh day of Claire-mas, I take a look at an Outlander theory. Could Claire and Fergus be related in the books and show?
There are a few Outlander theories that just seem too crazy to be true. Then there are others that make a lot of sense when you look into character backstories. There is weight to the idea of Claire and Fergus being related.
They may not be directly related, but they may come from the same bloodline somewhere along the way. We take a look at the possibilities, with much of this coming from the Percy Beauchamp storyline in An Echo in the Bone.
Claire-mas: How Fergus and Claire could be related in Outlander
We don’t know a lot about either Claire or Fergus. One thing we know about Claire is that she is from the Beauchamp line, and there is a line that dates back to the 18th century, at least. Fergus is also likely a Beauchamp. We find out in the books that his mother was a Beauchamp, but she died after giving birth to him and Fergus was raised in the brothel she worked at.
It is possible that Claire is a direct descendant of Fergus, but this wouldn’t likely account for the Beauchamp name being kept. Unless it was a big deal to one of Fergus’s children later, why wouldn’t all the male children keep the Fraser name?
Of course, the women would change their name. There could be a chance that one of Fergus’s children, grandchildren, or beyond marries a Beauchamp. This could happen as Fergus finds out why Percy Beauchamp is looking for him and what could be available to him in Paris.
It’s also possible that Claire and Fergus are related but not directly. They could come from different Beauchamp lines, which would then prevent Claire from being related to Laoghaire!