Famous Frasers and more


From inventions that revolutionized the way we live, to some of the greatest literature ever written, to challenging philosphers and theologians who literally changed the way we think, to one of the most distinctive and vibrant cultures ever to grace the planet, few nations Scotland's size have contributed so much.

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Photo essay recounting the role of the Fraser Highlanders at the Fortress of Louisbourg.

Pictoral introduction to a Scottish tradition.

Frasers who achieved renowned in their respective areas of interest.

Basic introduction to Scotland's History, People and Clans.

Story of the Tartan with various examples.



Many Frasers have played a significant role upon the world's stage in exploration, politics, the arts, sports and in the sciences. Here is our tribute to that eclectic mix of the vast Fraser diaspora who have left their mark upon the world. For better or worse, this planet would have been a very different place without them.

Incidentally, whether the name is spelled Fraser/Frasier/Frazier/Frazer/Frasee or any similar variant spelling, it indicates members of the same family. Our ancestors did not accord regimented spelling the same esteem we do today!

Simon Fraser

1776-1862. Explorer for the North West Company. Discovered the Fraser River and followed it to the Pacific. Has been called the founding father of British Columbia for this heroic effort.
George MacDonald FraserBrilliant script writer & author of the "Flashman" series of novels
Dawn FraserAustralian swimming legend. The only athlete in the world to win the same event in 3 Olympic Games in a row.
Simon Fraser, 11th Lord LovatSimon the Fox, controversial champion of the Jacobite cause. Following the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie's army at Culloden, he was the last nobleman to be beheaded on Tower Hill in London, April 9, 1747.
Brendan FraserMovie Actor, star of "George of the Jungle" & "Gods and Monsters", "The Mummy".
Malcolm FraserAustralian Prime Minister from 1975 to 1983. Youngest member ever elected to parliament. Strong supporter of US policies and Commonwealth ties.
Lynn Joseph FrazierGovernor of North Dakota (1917-1921), United States Senator (1922-1941), Chairman Dept. of Indian Affairs.
Major-General Simon Fraser of LovatAs Lieutenant-Colonel, under Wolfe, he led the 78th Fraser Highlanders who undertook the main charge at Quebec and planted the British Flag on the ramparts. Possibly sweet revenge for France's indifference and failure to help the Jacobite cause despite "the auld alliance".
Catriona Tafford FraserMoving photographer of the Scottish Landscape.
Simon Christopher Fraser, 17th Lord Lovat"Shimi", great WW 11 commando leader and hero of D Day. Awarded the Distinguished Service Order and the Military Cross. Churchill's personal emissary to Stalin.

Lady Antonia FraserHistorian, editor, author of "Mary Queen of Scots", "Faith & Treason" etc.
Msgr. John Mary FraserCanadian Missionary to China. Founder of the Scarborough Foreign Mission Society. The clan's most likely prospect for sainthood.
Caro FraserNovelist, author of "Beyond Forgiveness" and "An Immoral Code"
Jamie FraserYoung relation of Simon the Fox. His exploits were used as part of the composite that became the fictional character "Jamie Fraser" hero of Diana Gabaldon's series of Outlander novels.
Liz FraserAttractive star of various "Carry On..." movies in the 1960's including "Carry On Cruising".
James FrazerAnthropologist, Classicist, author of "The Golden Bough". It was the first book to make intelligible to European readers a vast range or primitive custom. All modern anthropologists and folklorists (as well as those, brave enough to try to understand the beginnings of many contemporary religious practices) owe an immense debt to Frazer's pioneering work.
J. Fraser & J. FraserMembers of the Engineering Crew on the HMS Titanic. Neither survived the sinking of the ship.
James Beriah FrazierGovernor of Tennessee (1903-1905), United States Senator (1905-1911)
William Fraser(1778-1851)First Roman Catholic Bishop of Halifax Nova Scotia.
Sir Alexander FraserSupporter of Robert the Bruce in his battles for Scottish political independence. He married the Bruce's sister and his seal appears on the Declaration of Arbroath whose ideals nudged the world further toward democracy.

Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser, Baron North CapeHeroic British Admiral during World War 2. He was a signatory to the Japanese Surrender in Tokyo Bay at the end of WW II, on behalf of all British Commonwealth Forces.
Hon. John James FraserPremier, then Lt. Gov. of the Canadian Province of New Brunswick 1829-1896
John Arthur Fraser(1838-1898) artist noted as much for his belligerence as for his technique, helped found the Ontario Society of Artists. His Landscapes were praised for their "photo realism".
Rowland FraseeChief Executive Officer of the Royal Bank of Canada 1979-1986
Harold Fraser-Simpson(1872-1944) composer of many West End musicals & the song "Love Will Find A Way".
Sir Simon Fraser, the PatriotGeneral under "Braveheart" William Wallace and Robert The Bruce. Carried on the cause of Scottish independence after the death of Wallace and like Wallace was executed in London with great cruelty.
Alastair FraserFiddler and recording star.
John FraserSpeaker of the Canadian House of Commons 1990-1995
Charles Fraser, the younger of Inverallachie, Lieutenant-Colonel of the Fraser Forces at CullodenFinding Charles wounded after the Battle of Culloden, the Duke of Cumberland ordered Wolfe to kill him. Wolfe refused to commit such a cowardly act even under threat of loosing his commission. Charles was immediately shot and killed by a private at the Duke's command.
Harry FraserHollywood director of over 40 feature films (mostly westerns) between 1931 and 1951 including the interestingly titled "The Last of the Clintons".

John FraserJournalist, essayist, Master of Massey College, editor of the influential Saturday Night Magazine and long time friend of Conrad Black.
Robert FraserHollywood actor in over 11 westerns between 1931 and 1943 including "Wagon Train West" and "Law of the Wolf".
Hon. Duncan FraserLieutenant-Governor of the Province of Nova Scotia at the time of its Tricentennial in 1908.
Charles FrazierAuthor of "Cold Mountain", winner of the National Book Award.
Honor FraserBeautiful Supermodel and sister to the current Simon Fraser Lord Lovat
Peter FraserPrime Minister of New Zealand during the difficult days of WW 2, 1940-1949. Played a vital roll in the founding of the United Nations.
Donald MacKay FraserRepresentative to the U.S. Congress 1963-1979 and Mayor of Minneapolis 1979-1985
Christopher FraserMember of Parliament for Mid Dorset & North Poole to the House of Commons (UK) 1997-present
Archie, Charles, Gord & Harry FraserMajor league hockey players in the Pre- Expansion National Hockey League.
Kurt, Lain & Scott FraserMajor league hockey players in the Post-Expansion National Hockey League.

Douglas FraserUnion organizer, elected president of the huge United Auto Worker's Union in the United States in 1977.
John Fraser(1750-1811)World renowned botanist introduced many plants from American and Cuba into Britain. Appointed Botanical Collector to the Czar of Russia.
Leo FraserFormer President of the PGA
James Oliphant FraserPostmaster General of Newfoundland
James Earl FraserNeoclassical American sculptor. Most famous for carving the Pediment of the National Archives in Washington and his weary Indian and horse statue entitled "The End of the Trail".
Shelagh FraserActress. Probably her most famous role was as the kindly aunt who raised the young Luke Skywalker in Star Wars IV
Donald Allen Fraser of Torosay, MullFirst Presbyterian Minister to Newfoundland (St. John's)
AGS Fraser, ARC Fraser, JE FraserPlayed Cricket for England
Rebecca FraserWriter, author of "The Brontes"
Sir Malcolm FraserSir Malcolm Fraser K.C.M.G was 1st agent general of Western Australia. He originally came to Australia in 1870 as Surveyor General of Crown Lands. He completed a large scale trigonometry survey linking all coastal regions from Kimberleys-esperance. He became MLC and executive council Colonial Secretary. Knighted by Queen Victoria as CMG 1881 then made Knight Commander 1887. He returned to London in 1890 where he was soon appointed as WA's first Agent General.

Captain James FraserUnder the command of Captain James Fraser, the brig, "Stirling Castle" set sail from Sydney, Australia, for Singapore in May 1836. A week later it was stranded on a reef off what is now Rockhampton. Taking to boats, the survivors, including Captain Fraser and his wife Eliza, headed south in a bid to reach the settlement at Moreton Bay. Several days later and with the crew mutinous, they beached on what is now named Fraser Island, resorting eventually to walking their way south. After some early encounters with local Aborigines, they were taken, stripped naked, and made to work. Captain Fraser was speared, finally dying of his wounds some days later. Eliza Fraser and the First Mate, Brown, finally escaped with the assistance of one of the natives. Eliza was eventually delivered to a rescue party, her story gaining her worldwide sympathy and notoriety.
Bill Fraser, MountieSuperintendant William Fraser was one of the most renowned officers in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He began his career in the Maritimes in 1931, trained and bred huskys above the Arctic Circle, broke a major smuggling ring in Windsor Ontario, was the RCMP's representative when Newfoundland joined the Canadian Confederation and was Winston Churchill's bodyguard. His colourful life was the subject of a major biography.
Howard FraserHoward Fraser, National Endowment for the Humanities Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures.Fraser served as director and associate editor of CHASQULI, a review of Latin American literature. The author of two books, he also served as a review editor for the Latin American Literary Review and associate editor of Hispania. Fraser was selected as the recipient of the Thomas Ashley Graves Jr. Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching. In 1979, Fraser received the Society of the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was also named the recipient in 1984 of the College of William and Mary/National Endowment for the Humanities Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship. He was chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures during 1985-88 and 1991-94.
James O. FraserPioneer Missionary to China, J.O. Fraser ministered to the Lisu people in southwest mountains of China. His power of prayer from the homelands has been studied by students of missions throughout the world.
Robin FraserOne of the top defenders in the league, has twice been named to play in the MLS All-Star game...Named Galaxy's BIC Defender of the Year in 1997A member of the U.S. National Team since 1988, has registered 14 international caps in 1,042 minutes played...Twice named All-American...Was Hermann Award finalist in 1988...Played for the Colorado Foxes of the American Professional Soccer League.
Jacquie FraserThe second 1997 winner of the President's Service Award, recognizing staff members who have made outstanding contributions to the learning and working environments of the University of Saskatoon, was Jacquie Fraser, administrative assistant in the Department of History. She has made enormous contributions as managing editor of The Canadian Journal of History; and she has made outstanding contributions to technology development in the Department, notably her award-winning site on the World Wide Web, setting up the first official WWW homepage for any Department in North America, a model now used by many other departments in Canada, the United States, and elsewhere around the world...As well, her home page [which also showcases The Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d'histoire and H-Canada] is one of the few, if not the only, bilingual WWW sites in North America, and is always easily accessible, up-to-date, and one of the most informative sites of its type in North America.
John Alexander FraserSenator for: Victoria, Australia *15.5.46-27.9.46 (* Selected under section 15 of the Constitution.) Party: Liberal Party of Australia Born/Died: 20.8.1892-8.7.1965
Allan DuncanFraserMember for: Eden-Monaro, NSW, 21.8.43-Defeated 26.11.66, 25.10.69-Retired 2.11.72 Party: Australian Labor Party Born/Died: 18.9.1902-12.12.1977
Hugh Fraser IIIInheriting the modest retail chain begun by his grandfather in Glasgow in 1841, Hugh built the House of Fraser into one of the largest retail chains in Great Britain and made Harrods into the most famous department store in the world.
Annie FraserJust prior to the First World War, the Glasgow School of Art was at the forefront of the battle for women's rights. This was especially true between the years of 1908-1913. Annie Fraser, along with fellow actress Maggie Moffat, were the first women arrested for their efforts at furthering the Suffragette cause.

Many Frasers have played a significant role upon the world's stage in exploration, politics, the arts, sports and in the sciences. Here is our tribute to that eclectic mix of the vast Fraser diaspora who have left their mark upon the world. For better or worse, this planet would have been a very different place without them.

Flora Marjory Fraser, 20th Lady SaltounChief of the name of Fraser, author of "Clan Fraser A history celebrating over 800 years of the Family in Scotland" and two additional books on cooking. She has used her position as an active member in the House of Lords to argue forcefully for more government action on the problems of drug abuse in the UK.
Charles Edward FrazerMember for: Kalgoorlie, WA, Australia 16.12.03-Died 25.11.13 Party: Australian Labor Party Born/Died: 2.1.1880-25.11.1913
Alexander Fraser, 17th Lord SaltounAuthor of the three volume "The Frasers of Philorth, Lords Saltoun", the most extensive and authoritative history of the family ever published.
Simon FraserAustralian Senator for: Victoria, Australia 29.3.01-30.6.13 Party: Protectionist Party; Anti-Socialist Party from 1906 Born/Died: 21.8.1832-30.7.1919
General Simon Fraser of SaratogaThe British general, Simon Fraser, mortally wounded during the American Revolutionary War in the fierce battle near Saratoga, by the forces of Benedict Arnold of October 7, 1777 was buried near that site the following day.
James Reay FraserMember for: Australian Capital Territory, 28.4.51-Died 1.4.70 Party: Australian Labor Party Born/Died: 8.2.1908-1.4.1970
Alexander Fraser, 16th Lord Saltoun"The Waterloo Saltoun", who commanded the Light Companies of the First Regiment of Guards. He is credited with making a critical difference during the battle of Waterloo when he caught the Napoleonic Imperial Guard emerging from hiding and was able to warn the Duke of Wellington.
James Mackintosh FraserSenator for: Western Australia, 1.7.38-19.3.51; 28.4.51-30.6.59 Party: Australian Labor Party Born/Died: 1890-27.8.1961
Professor Brian James FraserAchieved renowned in the study of Space Plasma Waves in the Earth's magnetosphere and ionosphere; source determination of Pc1-2 geomagnetic pulsations using satellite and ground data Propagation of ion cyclotron waves in the magnetosphere using data from ISEE and CRRES satellites, and associated heavy ion effects Propagation studies of ULF waves at low latitudes. Conjugate and Antarctic studies of high latitude and cusp ULF wave phenomena.
Sir (Arthur) Ronald FraserBritish diplomat and author, served in Flanders and France during World War I. In 1917, having been wounded and rendered unfit for further military service, Fraser joined the British Civil Service's Department of Overseas Trade. By the early 1930s, Fraser had achieved a level of success in the Civil Service Minister (Commercial) to the British Embassy in Paris in September 1944. Resident Government Director, Suez Canal Company. Throughout his diplomatic career, Fraser wrote, publishing 31 works from 1924 until 1974, the year of his death. The LONDON TIMES commented on Fraser's "entertaining gift of fantasy" which at its best attained "a nice level of fantastic comedy." Fraser's earlier works are considered to be his best, particularly ROSE ANSTEY (1930), the most highly regarded among his works. Fraser accepted recognition for his service to his country beginning in 1930 with his induction into the Order of the British Empire (MBE), followed by the Companion of St. Michael and St. George (CMG) honor in 1934. Finally in 1949, Fraser received the Knights Commander Order of the British Empire (KBE).

Professor Mark FraserAuthor of many books and articles on Child Behaviour with a special focus on antisocial, aggressive behavior in childhood and early adolescence; youth violence; family-based services; skills training;research methods.
Elizabeth FraserHollywood actress through the 1950s and 60s. Her most famous movie was "Two For The Seesaw".
Jill FraserComposer most noted for the background music of the feature film, "The Cutting Class" in 1988.
Brad FraserAuthor of Unidentified Human Remains, The True Nature of Love, Poor Superman and Martin Yesterday. His new play, Snake in Fridge, will open at Manchester, England's Royal Exchange Theatre in the fall of 2000.
Archibald William FraserEstablished in 1939 by A W Fraser in central Christchurch, Fraser's Foundry manufactured a wide range of bronze and aluminium sand castings using oil and coal fired furnaces. The business prospered and the company was soon moved to a larger factory, where Archibald, accompanied by his sons, Malcolm and Bruce, expanded into centrifugal and continuous casting using processes acquired during trips to Europe. The company was renamed A.W. Fraser & Sons, with a Head Office in Christchurch, New Zealand. Markets were increasing and the need for new plant and equipment saw the installation (in 1970) of a new horizontal continuous caster from Switzerland and the first of many electric furnaces. A.W. Fraser has maintained a policy of continued investment in technology, quality and the environment. In 1991 when the last of the Fraser brothers retired, McKechnies Plc. purchased the company to become known as A.W. Fraser - A Division of McKechnie Pacific.
Neil FraserBuilder of the Fraser Automobile in New Zealand. The Frasers are a dramatic sportscar that come as self assembly kits for the enthusiast. They are very popular in Australia and Japan as well as in his home country.
James FraserFraser Publishing is a subsidiary of Fraser Management, an investment counseling firm located in Burlington, Vermont. The publishing company began in 1968 in Wells, Vermont by James Fraser, a Chartered Financial Analyst and leader of the Contrary Opinion investment philosophy. Jim reads widely, writes his own financial newsletters and manages over $100 million in investment funds. He realized the importance and wisdom of the older out-of-print books on investment philosophy and began reprinting them in small quantities to distribute to his friends and colleagues. The demand grew enough to make it a business on its own and in 1969 both companies were moved to Burlington Vermont.
Comdr. Thomas E. FraserDuring 1940 and 1941, he briefly commanded, in turn destroyers Yarnall (DD-143), Claxton (DD-140), and Broome (DD-210). On 10 November 1941, he became commanding officer of the Walke (DD-416); and on 20 August 1942 he was appointed to temporary rank of commander. On the night of 14 and 15 November, Walke was a part of Rear Admiral Willis Augustus Lee's Task Force 64, when it encountered a large Japanese force off Savo Island attemting to bring reinforcements to Guadalcannal. Acting as the senior commander of the four destroyers of the task force, Comdr. Fraser boldly led them into action against the numerically superior Japanese force. The torpedoes and heavy gunfire of the Japanese vessels took a devastating toll of the American destroyers; and shortly after midnight, Comdr. Fraser gave the order to abandon Walke. He was lost in the ensuing action and was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his valor and devotion to duty. The Thomas E. Fraser (DM-24) was laid down as DD-736 on 31 January 1944 at Beth Maine, by the Beth Iron Works; named Thomas E. Fraser on 1 March 1944; launched on 10 June 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Thomas E. Fraser; reclassified as a destroyer minelayer and redesigned DM-24 on 20 July 1944; and commissioned on 22 August 1944, Comdr. Ronald Joseph Woodaman in command.
Ian FraserHe is considered one of the leading playwrights and satirists in South Africa, and is certainly the most prolific writer that country's Theatre has ever had.
James Baillie FraserFrom the little town of Reelick in Inverness, James Fraser (1783-1856) eventually travelled into Persia (now named Iran) and the Himalayas, providing many exciting and valuable accounts of his journeys, undertaken between 1815 and 1834. On one diplomatic mission to Persia, Fraser journeyed some 2,600 miles on horseback from Constantinople (Istanbul) to Isfahan. Fraser's name can thus be added to the roll of those intrepid Scots "who came back alive" to make known the hitherto unknown.
Roxanne FraserEst-ce que publier un livre aussi politiquement "touched" que le fut mon bouquin sur la Baie James est suffisant pour faire partie des gens célèbres ? Plus d'information sur mes acomplissements... Je travaille dans le domaine de l'édition, à mon compte, et j'écris à contrat. Je signe parfois mes oeuvres (des articles, des brochures, des livres) ; mais la plupart du temps, je ne les signe pas. Cela me fait bien vivre, mais ne comporte rien de tellement éclatant ou de spectaculaire. Mais, à l'époque, en 1995, mon livre a fait beaucoup parler de lui dans les journaux, ainsi que le prix. Même Le Monde diplomatique en a annoncé la parution, mais après, plus rien, c'est sûr. D'autre part, mon intérêt pour mes origines écossaises vient de ma fréquentation des Cris de la Baie James - des Autochtones (trop long à expliquer ici). Ce qui m'a amenée à découvrir que le tant célèbre Simon Fraser, "le découvreur", qui a donné son nom à l'université du même nom, à Vancouver, est mon "cousin" de bien loin, mais mon cousin quand même. Je m'explique : il y a sept générations, mon aïeul, l'Écossais John Fraser, débarquait au Québec d'abord pour se battre, à la solde des Anglais, contre les Francais, puis pour rester. Il s'est beaucoup occupé de son neveu, le fameux Simon, qui a perdu son père lors d'une querre américaine.
Colin FraserColin Fraser was employed by the Hudson Bay Company in 1827,at Assynt Scotland, hired as Piper to George Simpson Gov. of HBC, became a trader in Ruperts Land married Nancy Beaudry, A Red River Metis lady, they had 12 children, he died 1867 at lac St Anne in what is now Alberta, the many descendents of this union are living in Most Prairie Provinces and British Columbia.
Elizabeth FraserElizabeth Fraser is the singer of the band "Cocteau Twins" and participated in the experiment-band "This Mortal Coil". She has a very deep voice, a bit nasal yet beautiful, very impressive. Check "Song to the siren" from This Mortal Coil LP "It'll end in tears".
Linda FraserBORN: 1964, Scotland. EDUCATION: Central St. Martins, Graphic Design and Printmaking EXHIBITIONS: Open Print, Mall Galleries; Design Centre, Islington, Towpath Gallery, Henley Festival, Mixed Shows ongoing at jelly Leg'd Chicken, Reading; Open Studios, Oxford Artweek, Women Artists Private View Gallery, Whitchurch. Currently lecturing at Berkshire School of Art and design. ARTIST`S STATEMENT: I love painting. I am always discovering new ways of making paintings and layering on colour and texture. Each new series of work I produce represents a fresh challenge in terms of scale or surface or palette. The freedom of painting is so refreshing and immediate to me after the restraints of years of training in design and printmaking. I'm not good in the water; I can't swim and I don't like sailing or fishing...I just love the shape of boats and the way they sit on the sea.
John FraserJohn Fraser of Newfield, was a well known Scottish nationalist in the early 19th Century and publisher of The True Scotsman. For his views, he was indicted for sedition by the English but aquitted. He then became a leading proponent of Scottish music and, with his two daughters and two sons, formed a musical entourage that toured Scotland, England and the United States performing the music of Scotland for a variety of audiences.
John Fraser (1721-1773)John Fraser was born in 1721, probably in the highlands of Scotland, but possibly in this country to recently immigrated parents.In 1737 he lived in Paxtang township near the Susquehanna. As early as 1740 he established a trading station at weningo on the Allegheny river (present site of Franklin, Pa). This would have put him in the area when Celeron's French expedition came down the river in 1749 to bury lead plates and claim the Ohio basin for the French crown. Fraser was forced out of his post by Joncaire, a French officer, in 1753 and relocated to Turtle creek on the Monongahela. George Washington met with the French at Fraser's cabins after Fraser's departure, and then stayed at Fraser,s new post shortly thereafter. In1754 he was commissioned a leutenant in the Virginia Militia under Captain Trent. Fraser participated in General Braddock's failed expedition on Ft Duquesne in 1755, he was at Ft Necessity with Washington, and served with Henri Bouquet, who defeated the French and Indians at Bushy Run, and was Captain of the guides for General Forbes, who re-took the site of modern day Pittsburgh from the French. Fraser was an accomplished blacksmith and gunsmith and served in this role on many military expeditions. It is also rumored that he played the pipes and many a native american stood in awe of the skirling music he played in the wilderness. In 1754 or'55 he married Jean Bell at Winchester, Va. Jean was soon kidnapped by Indians and taken to Ohio. She escaped , and after several months made it back alone to Virginia. The Frasers subsequently had 8 children and settled in Bedford, Pa where they operated an Inn. John Fraser died in1773 at Bedford, Some of his sons served in the Revolution and one was killed in that struggle.
Captain Douglas Cowan FraserBorn at St. John's Newfoundland Son of Dr. N.S. Fraser. Educated Bishop Field College, St. John's; Framlington College, Suffolk, England. While working in Montreal he received a private pilot licence and in 1930 a Canadian Commercial Pilot's licence. In 1930, a childhood friend, Arthur Sullivan, contacted him to see if he was interested in becoming involved in an aviation company that Sullivan wanted to start in Newfoundland. Douglas readily agreed to Sullivan's proposal and joined him in Toronto to fly Sullivan's newly purchased Gypsy Moth to Newfoundland. En route he was to teach Sullivan how to fly. The journey, which took only 21 hours 55 minutes of flying time, lasted fifteen days but their aircraft carried the first foreign airmail from Canada by flight into Newfoundland. In 1931 Fraser purchased a Curtis-Robin float plane and established his own aviation company, Old Colony Airways. Douglas soon began compiling an impressive list of firsts in Newfoundland aviation. On June 9th,1931 he provided the first shore-to-ship mail service when he airdropped newspapers to the S.S.Nova Scotia, 16 km (10 mi) off St. John's. On August 15,1931 he made the first recorded flight to Parsons Pond on the Great Northern Peninsula when he flew geologist G. Hopkins of Imperial Oil into the drilling site located there. From December 7, 1931 to July 10, 1932 Douglas was without his own plane and was forced to disband Old Colony Airways. On July 10, 1932 Fraser acquired his second aircraft, another Curtis-Robin. With this purchase, he began his second company, Fraser Airways. Over the next two years he made numerous mercy flights and flew airmail for the Newfoundland Government. On July 29 he flew Lt. John Aorisi to meet General Italo Balbo qv and his Italian Air Armada off Shoal Harbour. He also carried mail from Italy's Fascist premier, Mussolini, to Balbo. In 1934 Fraser sold his operation to the Newfoundland Commission of Government, which in turn leased it to Imperial Airways of London, England. Fraser was employed by Imperial Airways as a pilot and made the first official flight for that company in Newfoundland on November 3, 1934 in a Fox Moth. As an employee of Imperial Airways Fraser flew forest-fire patrols, timber surveys inspections of road and bridge construction, geodetic, geological and meteorological surveys and mercy missions to all parts of Newfoundland. In June 1935 he was part of a survey established by the Geodetic Survey of Canada to determine triangulation points. In August of that year he made the surveys which led to the establishment of Gander as the western terminus for the transatlantic air service. Imperial Airways transferred Fraser to London, England where, after completing training for blind flying in a Tiger Moth, he was made a co-pilot on the company's London-Paris route, flying a Handley Page 42. In January 1936 he was transferred to the London-Brussels route as co-pilot on a DeHaviland 86 Rapide; later he became co-pilot on the same type of aircraft on the London-Liverpool-Ireland-Scotland route.He returned to Newfoundland with the rank of Captain. In February 1936 Douglas went to Newfoundland in a Fairchild 71 float aircraft. He used that plane to collect meteorological data, to determine weather patterns. At altitudes of up to 25 760 m (16,000 ft), with no oxygen equipment, he flew every day that the weather allowed, with the meteorography equipment attached to the aircraft wing. The information he gathered in those flights was invaluable in the establishment of a transatlantic service. Using the same aircraft he determined the calibrations which led to the establishment of the wireless direction-finding stations at Botwood and Gander, also important in the establishment of the transatlantic service. On January 11, 1938,Capt. Fraser made the first official landing at the Newfoundland Airport at Gander. In late 1940 he flew survey missions for the United States Government, which led to the establishment of the American military bases at Argentia and Stephenville. On February 24, 1941 Fraser made a flight to northeastern Newfoundland where a Lockheed Hudson had crashed near Musgrave Harbour. On board the aircraft was Dr. Frederick Banting, co-discoverer of insulin.Capt. Douglas found the crash site, but by that time Banting had died. Banting's briefcase, which contained top-secret information on the results of experiments designed to reduce pilot blackout during aerial combat. During World War II, in order to test the radar-defense system which had been installed at Torbay Airport,Capt Douglas flew low-altitude test flights over St. John's before he retired from flying In honour of his service to pioneer aviation in Newfoundland, Memorial University conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws degree upon Fraser at its Spring Convocation, on May 29, 1982. On the fifth of June 1987 Capt Douglas Cowan Fraser was entered in Canada's Aviation Hall Of Fame with the following Citation: "His exceptional flying abilities coupled with scientific interest in aviation have made him an honored member of Canada's flying fraternity and earned him a prominent place in Newfoundland History" In his native Newfoundland he was hailed by his colleauges as "THE BEST OF THE BEST"
Helen Charlotte Isabella Fraser (1879-1967)Renowned botanist Helen Fraser was the elder daughter of the Honourable Arthur Hay David Fraser and Lucy Jane Fergusson. She was therefore a granddaughter of Alexander Fraser, 17th [now 18th] Lord Saltoun and a first cousin once removed of the present Lady Saltoun.Helen Fraser was educated at the Cheltenham Ladies College, progressing to King's College, London where she obtained a BSc in botany in 1904. She lectured at University College and Royal Holloway College and was awarded a DSc for her research on fungi in 1907. She took up a lectureship at the University College of Nottingham in 1907 before becoming head of the Department of Botany at Birkbeck College, London in 1909. In addition, she was co-founder, with Dr Louisa Garrett Anderson, of the University of London Suffrage Society (1907). Helen Fraser married the eminent palaeobotanist Professor David Thomas Gwynne-Vaughan in 1911. There were no children of the marriage.
When World War I broke out, Helen became a volunteer nurse (VAD). This work was halted when her husband became seriously ill. Professor Gwynne-Vaughan died in 1915 and his widow returned to her war-work. In 1917, Helen was appointed Joint Chief Controller of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in FranceShe was made a Companion of the British Empire in 1918. She was subsequently appointed Commandant of the Women's Royal Air Force. After the War, in 1919, she was appointed a Dame of the British Empire. Dame Helen became professor of botany at Birkbeck College in 1921. She became a Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire in 1929. In World War II, she served as Director of the Auxiliary Territorial Service from 1939 to 1941 when she returned to Birkbeck. Dame Helen was the author of many scientific studies, textbooks on fungi, and articles on education. A memoir, Service with the Army, was published in 1942.

Hugh Duncan Fraser
Hugh Duncan Fraser played professional football for the original NFL Chicago Cardinals - the first location of the now NFL Arizona Cardinals and before that the St. Louis Cardinals. He played on the weekends (late 1920's) for $ 100 per game of which he kept $50 to live on while he attended Chicago Art Institute - the remaining $ 50 was sent home to his younger brother Archie, so he could attend St. Mary's College in Calif. His father another Archie immigrated to Butte Montana from Antigonish, Nova Scotia in 1902.Hugh was hired by Walt Disney as an Animator in 1935 and stayed with Disney until 1953 then after a bit joined Hanna-Barbera (Flintstones etc.). He was awarded the Screen Cartoonists 50 Year Club in 1987. See IMDB.com for just some of his credits. In the Classic Disney Features his work may be individually seen as shown in Fantasia - Dance of the Hours - which depicts the Ballerina Ostrich, Hippos etc. with Ali Gator. He also worked on Dumbo which was directed by a relative, Jack Kinney.

Many Frasers have played a significant role upon the world's stage in exploration, politics, the arts, sports and in the sciences. Here is our tribute to that eclectic mix of the vast Fraser diaspora who have left their mark upon the world. For better or worse, this planet would have been a very different place without them.

Ian Fraser VCIn July 1945, Ian E Fraser sank the Japanese cruiser, the Takao, whilst commanding a four-crew mini submarine, the Sigyn and was awarded the VC for his bravery. Born in 1921 in England he left High Wycombe Grammar School, aged 15 and joined the Conway a training ship on the River Mersey in 1936. When war broke out he was suddenly in the thick of it, on destroyers, at Dunkirk, in the channel and then the Atlantic but he was restless for more hands on involvement, failed to get onto motor torpedo boats but was accepted on submarines. He volunteered for mini-submarines, called X-craft and it was off to Scotland for training. He took to it like a duck to water and was given command of his own sub the XE-3 that he named Sigyn after a Norse God, he still uses it as his house address to this day and was soon on a ship to Australia with his tiny submarine in the hold.
His mission was to sink the 10,000 ton cruiser, the Takao, a veritable fortress, being used as a shore battery, sitting in Singapore harbour. A great danger to any proposed invasion by the allies. She had a crew of 630, 5 double gunned turrets of 8 inch guns, a top speed of 33 knots, 8 21 inch torpedoes, completed in 1932 at the cost of £2.2 million she also carried 4 aircraft. He was issued several items to help in case of disaster, which can only be described as early James Bond. Lots of sew-on badges, to stop them being shot out of hand, a union flag with "I am a friend" on it in several languages, silk oilskin hankie with a map on it, compasses disguised as buttons, a colt 45 and much more. They had their X-boat towed underwater by a sub, for several days and another X-boat was to make the attack as well so at approximately 2300 hrs on the 30 July 1945 they slipped cable 2.5 miles from the coast and were on there own. They crawled past the listening posts of Jahore, on the surface and they had their first lucky escape, when a fishing boat they mistook for a buoy failed to spot them. Because of increased shipping they dived around 4.30 am only to damaged speed and distance monitors and with that and the lack of marker buoys they were finding it difficult to get their bearings. They had to hurry as they were 3.5 miles behind schedule but by 10.30 they'd snuck through the guarded boom that stretched from the island of Paulaubin to Singapore and had only 11 miles to go.
Just before 2.00 pm they were a mile away but soon, were under the Takao, despite nearly being spotted by a cutter full of sailors but they got stuck and it took 10 minutes of severe straining to break free, then they went back in again. They were only a foot under the keel of the cruiser and it took Magennis 30 minutes, in his high-tech frogman's suit, to lay the limpet mines, on his return they tried to release the 4 tons of high explosive, which had a pre-set 6 hr fuse but the starboard side wouldn't budge and the sub went out of control. They would either have to go out and release it, surrender or go up in the explosion, Ian Fraser went to put on the frogman's outfit but the exhausted Magennis stopped him and returned outside. Despite the clanging and air-bubbles, their luck held, Magennis succeeded and they made their escape. It was out of the frying pan into the fire, the tides were proving difficult and time was running out for them to reach the boom before it closed for the night, yet incredibly their luck held, another near miss with a high speed launch and they were through the boom at 9.00 pm. They surfaced at 11.45 and soon rendezvoused with the tow submarine. Exhausted with lack of sleep and stress but the mission had been a success, the Takao was sunk and they returned to Australia for some rest and Ian found he was a VC.
Incredibly, as it was sunk in shallow water, the Navy wanted them to repeat the mission but luck held again, Russia declared war on Japan, the Atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Japan surrendered. On his return home to receive his medal he visited the Takao in Singapore, only to come across a great irony, the ship had been torpedoed by a US submarine and taken out of service by the Japanese before his attack but no one in the Allies knew.
Sir Charles Crauford Fraser VCSir Charles Crauford Fraser, 1829-1895, he won his VC in service in India in 1958 and was later Colonel of the 11th Hussars.
Fr. Charles FraserAt the age of ten Charles Fraser had been sent to the Benedictine College at Ratisbon, where he became the most brilliant student of that time, and the pride of his masters; at sixteen he left, and went to Stoneyhurst, there to prepare himself for the priesthood. Here also he so distinguished himself that, when only twenty-two years of age, he was chosen as one of the small band of teachers to establish a large Jesuit college at Clongowes Wood, near Dublin. He remained there for seventeen years, having been ordained by the celebrated Dr. Doyle a short time after his arrival in Ireland. During these years he gave all his spare time to preaching; he was constantly in demand, owing to the fame which his preaching had won for him, and he never refused any request which might help the cause of charity. There are innumerable institutions in Dublin which largely depend for their maintenance on the collections raised at these sermons. At times the collections which his powerful appeals produced amounted to two and three hundred pounds. One who knew him well at the time, and frequently accompanied him on these errands of mercy wrote: "…I have seen persons frequenting his sermons who carried with them to the church only their intended contributions, fearing that the eloquence of the preacher might extort more than their circumstances in life could spare. Yet, with all their caution, they have yielded to his powerful advocacy and thrown their jewellery, along with their money, into the coffers of the poor."
After seventeen years of labour, his health began to give way. He went abroad for a time to recover, and was then appointed to help Father Gordon in his own native climate,' In the early Summer of 1830 Charles Fraser took up his duties in Aberdeen, not as a Jesuit, but as the Rev. Charles Fraser, Assistant Priest.
'He was beloved by all who knew him, rich and poor, young and old; but above all else, he himself loved the poor. " To them he opened wide his heart, which was large enough for every human misery. If his right hand had been gold he would have parted with it in charity to the poor. When asked to make his will, he said: 'I have no will but the will of God!' and let it be told to his immortal honour, that at his death he left only one suit of clothes, all the rest had gone to clothe the naked poor - they are now laid up where they are saved from earthly rust, and where they will be restored to him an hundred-fold."
For five years he was Father Gordon's right hand, but about the Christmas of 1834 he showed the first symptoms of that disease which was shortly to become fatal. On Sunday, the 4th of January, he said Mass for the last time, and preached his last sermon. He had to retire to bed immediately after, and though he was attended by the best doctors, and even carried to Edinburgh to receive the best medical advice there, all was useless, and at his express wish he was taken back to Aberdeen to die. His sufferings were great, but he bore them with perfect serenity, and having received the last sacred rites of the Church at the hands of his beloved friend, Father Gordon, he gave himself up to prepare for death, calmly and even happily. Father Gordon remained at his bedside almost continually during the last days, and on the 12th of March, at half-past four in the afternoon, he died. On the 19th of March, Solemn High Mass was celebrated by Bishop Kyle, assisted by Bishop Carruthers, and a large number of priests, after which the body was carried through a dense crowd of sympathetic onlookers, to the Snow Churchyard, and laid in the same grave as that of Bishop Grant, Bishop Geddes, and Father John Gordon, Priest Gordon's brother, who had died on the 8th of December, 1823. One of his fellow-priests, after his death, spoke of him as "that eminent man, the champion of faith, the orator of the pulpit, the glory of the priesthood, the light of the sanctuary, the friend of the poor."
Neil Ross FrazerBorn in Canberra Australia in 1961, Neil Frazer holds an MFA in Painting from the University of New South Wales. After completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1985 he received a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the New York Studio School. He has been a practising artist for sixteen years and has produced thirty five solo exhibitions. His paintings are owned by public and private collections in New Zealand, Australia, England and the USA. While studying in New York he worked at the Paula Cooper Gallery. He has been artist in Residence at the Victoria College of Arts and a guest lecturer at RMIT and La Trobe University. From 1996 -1999 he was lecturer in Painting at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Sheila Fraser
Sheila Fraser was appointed Auditor General of Canada on 31 May 2001. Born on 16 September 1950, in Dundee, Quebec, she earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University in 1972 and became a Chartered Accountant in 1974 and an FCA in 1994.Mrs. Fraser joined the Office of the Auditor General as Deputy Auditor General, Audit Operations in January 1999. She has played a key role in the Office's strategic planning, policy and program development, resource allocation, and other senior management activities. She was responsible for reviewing audit findings to ascertain the nature and extent of problems in the audited organizations and bring them to the Auditor General's attention. She was also responsible for signing, on the Auditor General's behalf, opinions on the financial statements of Crown corporations and other separate entities.
Before joining the Office, Mrs. Fraser enjoyed a fruitful and challenging career with the firm of Ernst & Young, where she became a partner in 1981. She has always been active in her profession, at both the provincial and national levels. For her noteworthy service to the auditing and accounting professions, she was awarded the Prix Émérite 1993 and the designation "Fellow" by the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec in 1994 and by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 2000. She is also a recipient of the Governor General's medal commemorating Canada's 125th anniversary and a member of the Public Sector Accounting Board of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.She chairs the Working Group on Environmental Auditing and the Sub-Committee on Independence of Supreme Audit Institutions, two committees of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI). She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Public Sector Accounting Board and in 2004-05 she will assume the position of Chair.
Sheila Fraser is married to Henri Gagnon and they have three children.
Sir Edward H. FraserSir Edward H Fraser was Lord Mayor of Nottingham in 1896/7, 1897/98 and 1898/99 and 1910/11.
Lord Provost William FraserLord Provost of Aberdeen,William Fraser, served as first citizen and Lord- Lieutenant from 1977 to 1980. When his term of office as Lord Provost ended, he remained on the City Council for sometime but is now retired from local government. He is still alive and well and living in the Brig O Balgownie area of Aberdeen. He is still a frequent visitor to the Town House. Provost Fraser Drive, which is the boundary of Mastrick and Northfield, in Aberdeen, is named after him.
Lord Provost Duncan Fraser of AberdeenAberdeen's first Socialist Lord Provost was Duncan Fraser, chosen by his Council colleagues in November 1947. Duncan Fraser had been a commercial traveller before opening his own business in Schoolhill, Aberdeen. He resigned from the Council at the end of his provostship in 1951, and Aberdeen University awarded him an LLD that year. He had received the CBE in 1950, and in 1952 was created a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour of France. He died in 1965.
John Sims, VCJohn Sims was awarded the VC for heroism in Crimea 1855. He was with the 34th Regiment, later the Border Regiment. If anyone knows more about John please let us know.