Simon Fraser of Lovat

Simon Fraser Of Lovat

Simon Fraser of Lovat

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<!-- Unsourced image removed: -->General the Hon. Simon Fraser of Lovat, 19th MacShimidh (19 October 1726 – 8 February 1782) was a Scottish general in the British Army who raised a number of fighting forces, and served in the war against the French in Quebec, as well as the American rebellion. Simon was the 19th Chief of the Clan Fraser.

Master of Lovat

Simon was born in 1726, and his Clan was a prosperous one. His father, Simon "the Fox" Fraser, Lord Lovat, had recently been pardoned for his role in supporting the Jacobites during The Fifteen. He grew up learning, and became fluent in, Gaelic, French, and English, and probably Latin as well. At the Battle of Culloden, Simon, along with Charles Fraser of Inverallochy, commanded several hundred Frasers, who were front and centre in the Jacobite lines. General Hawley reportedly found Charles lying on the field, and ordered a young James Wolfe to shoot him. Wolfe refusing, Hawley found another common soldier to do his dirty work. Simon, on the other hand, escaped the field complete with life and limb, and went on to serve in the British Army.

Military service

78th Fraser Highlanders

Raising

Wolfe, mentioned above, was the first to suggest that "two or three independent Highland companies" should prove extremely useful to the British Army. Simon, whose estates, money, and hereditary titles had all been attained from his father following the Forty-Five, raised 800 men within a few short...
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