FRASER, Simon of Brotherton, Sheriff of Kincardine, Sir 1
- Born: About 1291
- Marriage (1): Margaret 1 2
- Died: 19 July 1333, Battle of Halidon Hill, Berwick on Tweed, England 1
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"He may possibly have been the ancestor of the Frasers of Lovat."
from Scots Peerage 1
ORIGIN OF THE FRASERS OF LOVAT
"The lands of Lovat, which lie in the county of Inverness, belonged during the first half of the thirteenth century to
John Bisset, who also possessed a district called the Ard, as well as lands in Ross-shire. About 1268 these lands were divided amongst three co-heiresses who were married respectively to Sir David de Graham, Sir William Fenton, and Sir Andrew de Bosco ; Lord Saltoun conjectures that possibly Hugh Fraser first designed of Lovat married the descendant and heiress of one of these three.
On the other hand, the Wardlaw Manuscript states that in the year 1254, on the forfeiture of John Bisset, Sir Simon Fraser obtained a charter from King Alexander III. of 'totam et integram terram de Loveth vulgo Morvin,' and places Hugh of Lovat third in descent from him. Whatever may be the correctness of these statements, there are no authentic documents known in which any Fraser is styled of Lovat before the time of
HUGH FRASER of Lovat and Kinnell, whose parentage is open to conjecture, though it is certain that he was a cadet of the powerful family of Frasers in the Lothians, as his seal bears three cinquefoils within a bordure charged with nine mullets. He may have been descended from Sir Simon Fraser, second son of Sir Andrew Fraser of Touch-Fraser, who was killed at the battle of Halidon Hill, a view which is accepted by Douglas, Macfarlane, and others, including Lord Saltoun, who makes Alexander, son of Sir Simon, the father of this Hugh, but there does not seem to be any charter evidence to bear out the relationship, except that in the year 1464 Lord Lovat made a reciprocal entail with Alexander Fraser of Philorth, in which each describes the other as his beloved cousin."
from Scots Peerage (vol 5)
The description of 1464, of the cousinship of Lord Lovat and Fraser of Philorth, mentioned at the end of this extract, could surely also be explained by marriages and relationships other than those of people surnamed Fraser, the Ross link, for example, since Hugh Ross and Julia Ross were brother and sister, their parents then were common ancestors of both Fraser men in question. 3
Simon married Margaret, daughter of Malise (III) 6th Earl of Strathearn and Agnes COMYN.1 2 (Margaret was born about 1295.)
"He (Simon Fraser) married Margaret, a daughter of the Earl of Caithness, and
by her is said to have had two sons
(2) Hugh or Alexander"
from Scots Peerage
"In 1330 we find recorded 'the complaint of Symon Fraser and of Margaret his wife, and one of the heirs of the Earl of Caithness, concerning the earldom of Caithness, dated at Kinross, on the 4th of December in that year. This Simon was the son of Sir Andrew. He fell at the battle of Halidon Hill in 1333, about the same time that Malise, Earl of Stratherne, became Earl of Caithness."
from History of the Chisholms 1 2