The word clan is an ancient way of describing family groupings.

At the heart of every clan there is a powerful sense of belonging. Being part of something bigger and embracing kindred spirits.

Confidence in this shared sense of belonging inspired the Frasers, then called ‘frasiers’, to come from France, and settle in the Scottish Borders over 900 years ago. Confidence that inspired them to establish themselves in Scotland and to become notable explorers of the wider world.

The move north and the splitting of the line between the Chiefs of the name Fraser and the Frasers of Lovatt (today Lady Saltoun and Lord Fraser of Lovatt) came about through war and allegiances to Robert the Bruce, William Wallace and others. Their lands near Fraserburgh came to the family by way of royal grants in compensation for losses in the Borders.

Donald Fraser (referred to in Boswell’s account of his travel with Johnston) traded grain in and around Inverness and was famed for making fine whisky of unusual purity (a reference to both the water and the making).

Simon Fraser discovered the Fraser River in Canada – The Fraser River like the Tweed is famous for its salmon.

The imagery long associated with the Frasers involves a flower call the cinquefoil. It appears on the coat of arms for Peebleshire and the market cross in Peebles in the Scottish Borders has both the cinquefoil and an incised engraving of strawberry plants.


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