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Clan Fraser of Lovat
(Gaelic Name: Friseal)

Clan Fraser of Lovat Clan Crest

Origin of the Name:
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Septs of Clan Fraser of Lovat (don't know what a sept is?)
Bisset, Bissett, Brewster, Cowie, Fitzsim, Fitzsimmons, Fitzsimon, Grewar, Gruar, Lovat, Lovatt, Lovet, Loveth, Lovette, MacGruer, MacKim, MacKimmie, MacTavish, Olifer, Oliver, Sim, Sime, Simon, Simonds, Simpson, Sims, Simson, Sym, Syme, Symon, Symons, Symson, Twaddell, Twaddle, Tweedale, Tweeddale, Tweedie, Udard, Udart

Badge:A buck’s head erased proper.
Motto:Je suis prest
Motto Translation:I am ready

History of Clan Fraser of Lovat
Clan Fraser of Lovat traces its heritage from Sir Simon Fraser, brother of Sir Alexander Fraser, Robert the Bruce's Chamberlain, whom Clan Fraser traces from. Sir Simon acquired the Bisset Lands around Beauly when he won the hand of its heiress, and these lands became the family home.

A record from 1367 describes Hugh Fraser as ‘Lord of Lovat and portioner of Ard’, the first known connection the Frasers had with Lovat land. By 1422 the Frasers of Lovat had extended their lands to include Stratherrick by Loch Ness, together with part of Glenelg.

Around 1422, the Frasers acquired lands at Stratherrick by Loch Ness, together with part of Glenelg. Although the exact date of creation is uncertain, some time 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, which is still inhabited by them. The present castle is relatively modern, but occupies roughly the same site as previous strongholds which were destroyed in the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries.

Around 1460 Hugh Fraser became the first Lord Lovat or Lord Fraser of Lovat. The chiefs made Beaufort Castle their seat in 1511, and it is still Fraser property today.

Current Clan Chief:N/A

Clan Fraser of Lovat Arms:
Arms:
Azure, three fraises argent; (sometimes quartered 2nd and 3rd, argent, three antique crowns gules, for Bisset).
Crest:
A buck's head erased proper.
Supporters:
(Lord Lovat only) Two buck's rampant proper.
Motto:
Je suis prest (I am ready).

Clan Seat/Lands:East Lothian, Aberdeenshire
Warcry:Castle Dounie!
Clan Homes:
Plant Badge:Yew
Pipe Music:Lovat's March

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Official Clan Fraser of Lovat Website(s)
http://www.fraser-clan.org/

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Famous Bearers of the Surname Fraser
Douglas Fraser (American labor leader)
James Earle Fraser (American sculptor)
Malcolm Fraser (Australian politician)
Peter Fraser (New Zealand statesman)
Simon Fraser (Canadian explorer)

What is a sept?
In Scotland, a sept is a family that is absorbed into a larger Scottish clan for mutual benefit. For example, the Burns family sept was absorbed into the Clan Campbell. The Burns family, being very small and of questionable heritage, gained legitimacy and protection; the Campbell clan absorbed a potential rival for British affection in Scotland. Each Scottish clan typically has a number of septs, each with its own surname. Septs have rights to wear clan tartans and display the clan crest (badge at the top of this page) although they often have tartans of their own.

 

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