Tracing a descent from Anglo-Norman knights who first settled in Scotland in the mid-twelfth century, the Frasers of today can lay claim to a truly martial heritage, with their name ultimately originating from ‘Friselli’, a ferocious tribe who battled against the Roman legions in Gaul.
First found in Scotland in the Borders, they later acquired other territories that include, much further north, Inverness-shire and along the Beauly Firth.
At great cost to themselves, the Frasers were stalwart in their defence of the nation’s freedom and independence, fighting at the side of William Wallace and the great warrior king Robert the Bruce.
Having fought for both heroes, Sir Simon Fraser was captured and, on the orders of England’s Edward 1, also known to posterity as the Hammer of the Scots, suffered the horrific ordeal of being hanged, drawn and quartered.
In all its gory detail, the dramatic saga of the Frasers is chronicled here.