Fraser Clan History: The Frasers originated from Anjou in Normandy and accompanied William the Conqueror to England in 1066. Sir Simon Frazer held a portion of the lands of Keith in East Lothian and donated the church at Keith to the Abbey of Kelso in 1160. A later Simon Fraser supported William Wallace in his bid to liberate Scotland from the English. At the Battle of Roslin in 1302, he defeated three divisions of the English army in one day. He was later captured by Edward I and executed with great cruelty.
Clan Fraser is a Scottish clan of the Scottish Lowlands. It is not to be confused with the Clan Fraser of Lovat who are a separate Scottish clan of the Scottish Highlands (though with a common ancestry). The Frasers are believed to have come from Anjou in France. The name Fraser may be derived from Fredarius, Fresel or Freseau. Another suggestion is that the Frasers were a tribe in Roman Gaul, whose badge was a strawberry plant (fraisier in French).
Places of Interest: Touch, Stirlingshire. This was held by Bernard Fraser, Sheriff of Stirlingshire in 1234. It was known as Touch-Fraser, but passed to the Setons in the 16th century. Cairnbulg Castle, near Inverallochy, Aberdeenshire. This was a Comyn stronghold acquired by the Frasers and renovated in the late 19th century. It remains the Seat of the Chief of Clan Fraser.
Castle Fraser, Kemnay, Aberdeenshire. Built by Michael Fraser (d.1588) and his son. Today Castle Fraser belongs to the National Trust for Scotland.