Simon Fraser, 13th Lord Lovat

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The Lord Lovat
Lord Lieutenant of Inverness
In office
Preceded byThe Lord Lovat
Succeeded byDonald Cameron
Personal details
Simon Fraser

(1828-12-21)21 December 1828
Died6 September 1887(1887-09-06) (aged 58)
Inverness, Scotland
Alice Mary Weld-Blundell
(m. after 1866, his death)
RelationsGeorge Stafford-Jerningham, 8th Baron Stafford (grandfather)
John Scott, 4th Earl of Eldon (grandson)
Gerald Maxwell (grandson)
Sir David Stirling (grandson)
Children9, including Simon
ParentsThomas Alexander Fraser, 12th Lord Lovat
Hon. Charlotte Georgina Stafford-Jerningham
ResidenceBeaufort Castle

Simon Fraser, 13th Lord Lovat and 2nd Baron Lovat (21 December 1828 – 6 September 1887), was a Scottish peer. While legally the 13th Lord, he was referred to as the 15th Lord Lovat.

Early life[edit]

Lovat was the eldest of four sons and three daughters born to Thomas Alexander Fraser, 12th Lord Lovat and Hon. Charlotte Georgina Stafford-Jerningham. Among his siblings was Hon. Amelia Charlotte Fraser (wife of Charles Scott-Murray of Danesfield),[1][2] Hon. Frances Giorgiana Fraser (wife of Sir Pyers Mostyn, 8th Baronet),[3] Hon. Charlotte Henrietta Fraser (wife of Sir Matthew Sausse, the Chief Justice of Bombay),[4][5] Hon. Alexander Edward Fraser (a Lt.-Col. in the Scots Guards who fought in the Crimean War and married Georgiana Mary Heneage, only daughter of George Fieschi Heneage of Hainton Hall)[6] Hon. George Edward Stafford Fraser (who died unmarried),[7] and Hon. Henry Thomas Fraser (a Colonel in the 1st Battalion Scots Guards who also died unmarried).[8]

His paternal grandparents were Amelia (née Leslie) Fraser and Alexander Fraser, 9th of Strichen, a Captain of the 1st Dragoon Guards who died shortly after his father's birth. His maternal grandfather was George William Stafford-Jerningham, 8th Baron Stafford, in 1823.[7]


He succeeded his father in 1875. Lord Lovat resided at Beaufort Castle, and was the 22nd Chief of the Clan Fraser, or MacShimidh.[9]

He served as a Lieutenant colonel of the 2nd Battalion Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders Militia, and Lord Lieutenant of Inverness between 1873 and 1887. From 1883 to 1887, he served as aide-de-camp to Queen Victoria.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Beaufort Castle under construction in the late 1870s - the 13th Lord Lovat is shown at right.

In 1866, Lord Lovat was married to Alice Mary Weld-Blundell, the fifth daughter of Thomas Weld-Blundell of Ince Blundell Hall and the former Teresa Mary Eleanora Vaughan (a daughter of William Michael Thomas John Vaughan of Courtfield).[10][11] They had nine children, including:[7]

Lord Lovat died in September 1887, aged 58, while shooting on the moors of Inverness.[13] He was succeeded by his son Simon. Lady Blundell survived her husband by over fifty years and died in 1938, aged 92.[7]


Through his daughter Mary, he was a grandfather of two, including John Scott, 4th Earl of Eldon. Through his daughter Alice, he was a grandfather of twelve, including World War I flying ace Gerald Maxwell. Through his daughter Margaret, he was a grandfather of six, including Special Air Service co-founder Sir David Stirling.[9]

Scottish actor Rose Leslie is a descendant of Fraser.[9]


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  2. ^ "Hon. Amelia Charlotte Scott-Murray (née Fraser)". National Portrait Gallery, London. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Frances Georgiana (née Fraser), Lady Mostyn". National Portrait Gallery, London. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Charlotte Henrietta (née Fraser), Lady Sausse". National Portrait Gallery, London. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Death of Sir Matthew Sausse". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 6 November 1867. p. 7.
  6. ^ Burke, Sir Bernard (1882). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain & Ireland. Harrison. p. 769. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Lovat, Lord (S, 1458/64)". Heraldic Media Limited. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  8. ^ Ward, S. G. P. (1973). "THE SCOTS GUARDS IN EGYPT, 1882: The Letters of Lieutenant C. B. Balfour". Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research. 51 (206): 80–104. ISSN 0037-9700. JSTOR 44227018.
  9. ^ a b c Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,[page needed]
  10. ^ Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles (1895). Armorial Families: A Complete Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage, and a Directory of Some Gentlemen of Coat-armour, and Being the First Attempt to Show which Arms in Use at the Moment are Borne by Legal Authority. Jack. p. 630. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  11. ^ Chapman, Paul (1836). Menin Gate North: In Memory and In Mourning. Pen and Sword. ISBN 978-1-4738-5092-7. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  12. ^ "Houses of Parliament War Memorials — Royal Gallery, First World War" (PDF).
  13. ^ "Obituary Notes". The New York Times. 7 September 1887. Retrieved 18 August 2020.

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Lovat
Lord Lieutenant of Inverness
Succeeded by
Donald Cameron
Preceded by
Thomas Alexander Fraser
Succeeded by
Simon Fraser
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Thomas Alexander Fraser
Lord Lovat
Succeeded by
Simon Fraser
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Alexander Fraser
Baron Lovat
Succeeded by
Simon Fraser