Lord’s life full of scan­dal and strife

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS -

The man known as the Fox, Si­mon Fraser, 11th Lord Lo­vat, was born around 1667.

He be­came chief­tain of the Clan Fraser and was a Ja­co­bite sup­porter.

Si­mon Fraser se­cured the ti­tle and es­tates through a forced mar­riage to Amelia, Lady Lo­vat but her fam­ily were so out­raged that he was forced to flee to France.

Dur­ing his stay he con­verted to Catholi­cism and be­came part of the Ja­co­bite court ex­iled there.

He re­turned to Scot­land, found out about a pos­si­ble up­ris­ing and promptly be­trayed the plot to the gov­ern­ment.

Dur­ing the 1715 up­ris­ing, he fluc­tu­ated be­tween both sides, and was par­doned by the gov­ern­ment.

But in 1745 his luck ran out. Al­though he pro­fessed his sup­port for the Ja­co­bites, he again told the gov­ern­ment that he was sup­port­ing them.

This time he was not be­lieved and, af­ter the Ja­co­bite’s de­feat at Cul­lo­den, Si­mon Fraser was forced to flee for his life but was cap­tured – hid­ing in a hol­low of a tree – near Mal­laig.

Si­mon Fraser, Lord Lo­vat

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