Why does Jamie use the alias Alexander Malcolm in Voyager? I don't understand why he can't use his own name, hadn't he already been pardoned for his role in the Jacobite rebellion?
Ah, Jamie and his names––he really has and uses a lot of them, doesn’t he?
Once Jamie has left Helwater with his pardon, he is able to go by his real name of James Fraser at Lallybroch again with relative ease; those are people who have always known him and who respect the role he has played in their lives: as laird, as a military leader, as the man who sacrificed himself for their protection and ensured survival (in arranging to be turned over for the money).
But while he may be technically pardoned, he is and will always be Red Jamie to the British authorities. He wasn’t just a Jacobite soldier but a convicted traitor (hence the need for a pardon). Just because he’s been freed and has cooperated with British authorities/figureheads (see the Lord John series, specifically The Scottish Prisoner), doesn’t mean they trust him. There are going to be lots of people in the British army, government, aristocracy, etc. who lost friends and family fighting in the Rising and Jamie, as a prominent figure, is probably someone that many of them thought should have been executed. They would look for him to step out of line in any way just so they could lock him up again or worse; his own name is simply too dangerous for him to use widely. But some random Scot named Alexander Malcolm? Not so much. When he moves to Edinburgh and begins working as a printer he uses Alexander Malcolm as a form of self-protection. Some of what he prints for patrons (and some of what he writes himself for printing and distribution) could easily catch the attention of the wrong people and land him in trouble especially if he were to do so under his own name (the article that Claire and company find in their search for him is critical of the British government in a way that probably would have gotten James Fraser arrested so he wrote it as Alexander Malcolm). Similarly, he uses a bit of an alias while engaging in his more illicit smuggling activities. Having so many names to go by keeps the authorities from putting the pieces together and realizing just what he’s up to.
When the smuggling situation goes awry, word does get out to some authorities that the Jamie Roy behind it all is actually James Fraser and that causes problems for Jamie and Claire as they seek to go after Young Ian. At the time they leave Scotland the British Army is actively looking for James Fraser again so every time they encounter British officials (with the exception of Lord John who knows Jamie better than that and seeks to protect him) Jamie uses the Alexander Malcolm alias again (or variations thereof: Captain Alexandre anyone?) to keep from being recaptured by British authorities. This is why when he and Claire finally discover that they’ve landed in the American Colonies Jamie is so proud to be able to introduce himself as James Fraser (and his wife Claire) again without fear or repercussions (the way the colonial system worked at the time is difficult to explain but the legal system in place meant that the British Army couldn’t just arrest Jamie and drag him back to Scotland/England for a trial without going through the proper channels of the colony first which was time consuming and probably useless).
There’s also the question of his notoriety among his fellow Scots. They may view him as a hero for the role he played and how close he was with the Bonnie Prince. He’s already assailed by former comrades who can’t seem to let go of the cause seeking to find a way to bring Charles and the Jacobite cause back again. He knows it’s over and isn’t one who enjoys or seeks that kind of attention so using the name Alexander Malcolm helps give Jamie a bit of anonymity amongst those who wouldn’t be able to appreciate the man beneath the myth of Red Jamie.
That Jamie’s aliases are pulled from the list of his many names is what helps Claire and company track him in the historical record. They’re names she recognizes and associates with him but not everyone (even in his own time) would have; it’s simply too long a name for the authorities to bother themselves with or care about learning/knowing.
Anonymous asked: “Can one use names that are created by another author?”
Yes and no. Any name created by an author can really be used by anyone. I mean, wasn’t Khaleesi a top baby name last year? That wasn’t even a name in Game of Thrones, but clearly didn’t come from anything else. If someone wanted to use Khaleesi as a name in a contemporary story, why not? It’s a name now. Girls are named Khaleesi. But if you wanted to use it in a medieval high fantasy novel - eh… Readers might assume they’re reading highly inaccurate fan fiction.
Hi Marc! Just wondering, is there any reason why all of the people who have "come between" olicity recently have connections to the name William (i.e. Oliver's son / Susan Williams / Billy is often a nickname for William) or is all just total coincidences? Either way, I think it's pretty funny! Thanks! x
Wow. That’s awesome.
It’s a total – but completely amazing – coincidence. Susan is named after a comic book character. Billy is named after a friend of mine.
But you seriously just blew my mind. I wish we were this clever.
I keep coming up blank and he’s literally the only character of relevance that doesn’t have a name yet. Everyone else in the main group has had a name for weeks. Naming royalty was easier. Coming up with a naming system for a nonhuman culture was easier.
If anyone could help, that would be nice. Thank you.
w h y is roe getting a third book it was bad enough to have to sit through mc dating all three guys when basically everyone already chose a guy in the first book
like i get it would be more work to actually have 3 separate storylines but like. mc could have just been friends w the other two guys so it wouldn’t have been /that/ bad and then at least it would feel like your choices actually mattered instead of being forced to string the other guys along
Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” // Of all the schizophrenic minor comic book characters named after a demon from the new testament to get a FX show.. Legion is by far the best.. Dance Aubrey Dance