Charles Fairchild is the firstborn child of Charlotte and Henry Branwell, and is the older brother of Matthew Fairchild. He is best friends with Alastair Carstairs.


Charlotte Branwell discovered her pregnancy with Charles in late August of 1878. During this time the Branwells were being investigated for the problems in the London Institute due to the Magister. When Charlotte revealed that she was indeed pregnant, Charles's father, Henry, and the rest of the London Institute were overjoyed.[5]

For months, Charlotte and Henry bickered over a name. Henry wanted the child named Buford, an apparently traditional Yorkshire name as well as his father's, but Charlotte found the name horrible. Finally, after Charlotte became the Consul, they settled on Charles Fairchild. However, Henry still insisted on Buford and the couple settled with at least making it his middle name. He was given his mother's maiden name, Fairchild, as she was the Consul. For that Christmas, his mother's good friend Sophie Collins knitted him a baby blanket with the initials CF in the corner as a present.[6]

For a few years, Charles and his family lived in the London Institute before Charlotte felt ready to move their family to Idris, where she needed to accomplish her duties as Consul.

Charles hopes to become the next Consul, and so his own father, Henry, gets along better with Christopher Lightwood instead of him.[7] He also has an interesting relationship with his younger brother, Matthew; whereas Charles is rules-bound, Matthew is a rules breaker,[8] and the pair does not get along.[9]

By 1903, Charles has already gotten engaged to Ariadne.[2][3][4]

Years later, in 1937, Charles was present at Will Herondale's deathbed because the Fairchilds were like family to the Herondales. While there, he brought his sons and/or daughters with him.[6]