nav left end capHOME PAGEORDER FORMnav right end cap
nav left end capSCOTTISH PRODUCTS INDEXCLAN PRODUCT INDEXSCOTTISH CLAN DATABASEE-MAIL USnav right end cap
nav left end capCLAN KILT PINCLAN PENDANTSclan ring nav buttonclan sgian dubh buttonCLAN FLASKSCLAN CREST TANKARDSnav right end cap
nav left end capclan badge buttonLUCKENBOOTH DESIGNSTHISTLE ITEMSRAMPANT LION ITEMSCOAT OF ARMS RINGSRING SIZERnav right end cap
nav left end capClan mottosMAJOR CLAN LISTCLAN PLANT BADGESnav right end cap
CELTIC KNOT  Fraser  CELTIC KNOT
purple celtic bar
Copyright 1995-2014 by Celtic Studio


CREST: A buck's head, erased, Or tyned Argent.
MOTTO: Je suis prest.
TRANSLATION: I am ready.
PLANT: Yew
GAELIC NAME: Friseal
ORIGIN OF NAME: Norman.
WAR CRY: Caisteal dhuni (Castle Dounie).
PIPE MUSIC: Lovat's March.
Spellings of the name of Fraser and the names of the Septs of Fraser:
FRASERSEPT
and other variations of English, Norman-French or Gaelic.
CELTIC INTERLACE KNOT GREEN

CELTIC KNOT  Fraser  CELTIC KNOT

The Frasers of Lovat descend from Sir Simon Fraser, brother of Sir Alexander, chamberlain of Robert the Bruce. The first record linking the lands of Lovat to the Frasers is in 1367 when Hugh Fraser is styled "Lord of Lovat and portioner of Ard". The Gaelic patronymic of the Lovat Frasers is "MacShimi"meaning "son of Simon"and was used at the beginning of the fifteenth century.
Around 1422, the Frasers acquired lands at Stratherrick by Loch Ness, together with part of Glenelg. Sometime between 1456 and 1464, Hugh Fraser was raised to the peerage as Lord Lovat or Lord Fraser of Lovat. Around 1511, the chiefs established their seat at Beaufort Castle. The present castle is relatively modern on the site of previous strongholds that were destroyed in the 13th and 18th centuries.
The Lovat Frasers had their fair share of clan feuds and battles but amongst the most memorable was with the Mac Donalds of Clanrannald in 1544. Despite early success, the Fraser men were outnumbered when the Frasers and the Huntly forces split to return home. Lovat, his son and heir, plus hundreds of his men were killed and buried at the priory at Beauly.
The family established many cadet branches, including the Frasers of Reelig with their castle at Moniack, Inverallochy, Fingask and many others. Simon, eleventh Lord Lovat, mustered the Frasers to support Prince Charles Edward Stuart in 1745. At least one battalion fought at the Battle of Culloden. They suffered heavy losses, and the whole Fraser Country was ravaged. MacShimi was beheaded and his title and estates forfeit. However, his son, Simon, was pardoned and when George II raised Highland regiments, Lovat formed in 1757, the 78th Fraser Highlanders, who later fought with Wolfe at Quebec and later the 71st Fraser Highlanders who served faithfully in the American War of Independence.
In 1837 the peerage was restored to a cousin, Thomas Fraser of Strichen, a descendent of the fourth Lord Lovat. When he died in 1995, after tragically losing two of his sons. he was succeeded by his 18-year-old grandson, Simon Fraser. The great Lovat estates, including Beaufort Castle, have been sold.
purple celtic bar
Clan Fraser Links
Background: Lightened Fraser Tartan
Copyright 1995-2014 by Celtic Studio
celtic circle