Bartholomew Braithwaite is a recurring character in the Red Dead series, appearing as minor character and antagonist in Red Dead Redemption 2 and as a minor character in Red Dead Online, in which he serves as a secondary antagonist of the Moonshiners DLC.
Events of Red Dead Online
A Life of 'Shine
After the protagonist starts a moonshine business alongside Maggie Fike, Bartholomew becomes a rival bootlegger to Maggie's revived operation. Following Maggie's disappearance six years prior, the Braithwaites took over the moonshine trade in Lemoyne, and recruited Maggie's former cook, Danny-Lee Caton, who was looking for protection, to oversee their production.
After the protagonist sabotages one of their operations on Maggie's behalf, Bartholomew and Danny-Lee confront them at their shack shortly afterwards in an attempt to intimidate them, but their threats are waved off by Maggie.
Later, Maggie arranges a meeting with Bartholomew and Danny-Lee under the guise of making amends by providing a shipment of moonshine, and anonymously tips off Reid Hixon. When Bartholomew and Danny-Lee arrive at the meeting place to find no one, they are quickly held at gunpoint by Hixon's recently-arrived revenue agents. Bartholomew tries to save himself by betraying Danny-Lee and telling Hixon that he can arrest him. When this fails, he tries to intimidate Hixon by telling him that he has hired gunmen nearby, and that only he can call them off. In the end, after giving Hixon a $100 bribe, Bartholomew is allowed to escape.
Events of Red Dead Redemption 2
Bartholomew is first seen in the game alongside his mother, Catherine, and his brothers, Gerald and Gareth, when Arthur Morgan and Hosea Matthews arrive at Braithwaite Manor with stolen moonshine. When Hosea suggests selling the moonshine somewhere else, Bartholomew threatens Arthur and Hosea, pointing his shotgun at them and threatening them to hand over the moonshine. However, Catherine lowers his gun and asks him to pay Hosea, in return for also giving out the moonshine for free at the saloon in Rhodes.
Later, Bartholomew is seen meeting at the manor with Hosea, Sean, and later Arthur, alongside his mother. Bartholomew stays relatively silent during the discussion, except while insulting Hosea, while Catherine commissions the trio with burning down the Gray family's tobacco fields.
After the Braithwaite family's kidnapping of Jack Marston in retaliation for the Van der Linde gang having interfered in their feud with Grays, Bartholomew is present when the gang approaches the manor. After a brief exchange of words, Dutch abruptly shoots him in the head, killing him and resulting in the subsequent shootout at the manor.
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Red Dead Online
|“||The alternative is you get shot.||„|
|—Bartholomew to Hosea, for saying that he could sell the moonshine somewhere else.|
|“||She ain’t gonna pay you with a certified cheque, you Yankee numbskull.||„|
|—Bartholomew insulting Hosea at the meeting.|
|“||Shouldn't have messed with our business, should you?||„|
|—Bartholomew to Dutch|
|“||Get the hell off our land.||„|
|—Bartholomew last words before Dutch shoots him.|
|“||I got guns covering this whole area. You let me go, I'll call 'em off... and, and, and you can have Danny-Lee. And I also have one hundred dollars.||„|
|—Braithwaite bribing Reid Hixon|