In The Clan Fraser in Canada, Souvenir of the First
Annual Gathering, Toronto, May 5th 1894, Alexander Fraser (1860-1936)
quotes from the Allangrange MS with respect to the Rev. Wm. Fraser, of
Kilmorack, to illustrate how members of some native tribes in
Inverness-shire came to adopt the Fraser name.
"Bishop Hay, maternal uncle to Agnes [Fraser of] Lovat,
carried away by Kenneth Mackenzie (a 'Bhlair), Seventh Baron of Kintail,
when he sent away his first wife, Margaret, [illegitimate] daughter of
John [of Isla, the forfeited] Earl of Ross [and last Lord of the Isles],
advised Kenneth and the lady's friends that a commission should be sent to
the Pope in 1491 to procure the legitimation of their union [c1480]. This
was agreed to, and the following is the account of the commissioners:
"...'To that effect one called Donald Dubh MacChreggie,
priest of Kirkhill, was employed. This priest was a native in Kintail,
descended of a clan there called Clan Chreggie, who, being a hopeful boy
in his younger days, was educated in Mackenzie's house, and afterwards at
Beullie by the forementioned Dugall Mackenzie (natural son of Alexander 'Ionraic'
VI of Kintail pryor yr of). In the end he was made priest of Kirkhill. His
successors to this day are called Frasers. Of this priest are descended
Mr. William and Mr. Donald Fraser. Sir Dugall Mackenzie was made priest of
Kintail and married Nian (daughter) Dunchy Chaim in Glenmoriston. Sir
Andrew likewise married, whose son was Donall Dubh MacIntagard (Black
Donald, son of the Priest) and was priest of Kirkhill and Chaunter of
Ross. His tack of the Vicarage of Kilmorack to John Chisholm, of Comar,
stands to this day. His son was Mr. William MacAhoulding, alias Fraser,
who died minister of Kiltarlity. His son was Mr. Donald Fraser, who died
minister of Kilmorack; so that he is the fifth minister or ecclesiastical
person in a lineal and uninterrupted succession, which falls out but
seldom, and that which, in my judgment, nothing can more entitle a man to
be really a gentleman; for that blood which runs in the veins of four or
five generations of men of piety and learning and breeding cannot but have
influence, and it confirms my opinion that the present Mr. Wm. Fraser (who
is the fifth) has the virtues and commendable properties of his
predecessors all united in him.'
"The author of the Ardintoul MSS gives a slightly
different version, and says: 'To which end they sent Mr. Andrew Fraser,
priest of Kintail, a learned and eloquent man, who took in his company
Dugald Mackenzie, natural son of Alexander Inrig, who was a scholar. The
Pope entertained them kindly, and very readily granted them what they
desired, and were both made knights to boot by Pope Clement VIII, but when
my knights came home they neglected the decree of Pope Innocent III
against the marriage and consentricate of the clergy, or, otherwise, they
got a dispensation from the then Pope Clement VIII, for both of them
Alexander Fraser notes: "We see here the ease with
which a MacChreggie could become a Fraser..."
Line of succession: Sir Andrew Fraser ; his son
Donald Dow Fraser ; his son William Fraser , minister at Kiltarlity
(d. 1665); his son Donald Fraser , minister at Kilmorack (d. 1684); his
son William Fraser . Mr. William Fraser, minister at Kilmorack, who
died in May 1710, by his wife, Janet (Jean) Baillie, had the following
children [Kilmorack OPR]:
Donald - 18 Jan 1681 - Godfathers: Thomas Frazer, son
to Struy & Mr. James Frazer, minister at Kirkhill.
William - 18 Jan 1683 - Godfathers: Mr. Hugh Frazer of Eskadale & James
Frazer of Relick.
Alexander - 29 Apr 1684 - Godfathers: Mr. Hugh Frazer of Eskadale & Alexr.
Chisholm of Teawigg.
Maria - 5 July 1685 - Godfathers: James Frazer of Dunballoch & Alexr.
Chisholm of Teawigg.
John - 19 Jan 1688 - Godfathers: John Frazer of Culmiln & Mr. James
Frazer, minister at Kirkhill.
Margaret - 12 Mar 1689 - Godfathers: Mr. Hugh Frazer of Eskadale & Thomas,
son to James Frazer of Dunballoch.
Hugh - 27 Aug 1691 - Godfathers: Alexr. Frazer of Kinneries & Mr. Hugh
Frazer of Eskadale.
Jean - 16 May 1693 - Godfathers: Hugh Frazer of Belladrum, Thos. Frazer of
Struy & John Frazer of Culmiln.
Katherine - 29 Aug 1696 - Godfathers: Mr. James Frazer, minister at
Kirkhill & Hugh Frazer of Culbokie.
Anne - 5 Aug 1697 - Godfathers: Hugh Frazer of Belladrum & James Frazer of
Considering the number of people descended from the
above, it should not come as a surprise to discover that the further one
digs into the past, the greater the chances that ones Fraser ancestors
may not have been Frasers, and it may also help to explain why some of the
early records in parishes within Inverness-shire refer to another name,
Sir Andrew Dow Fraser, descended from Clan Chrigger, priest of Urray, 2nd
Feb 1547-8, died before 12th Jan 1567-8, when his natural son, Donald Dow
Fraser, received letters of legitimation. - [Fasti viii, 652, 662 quoting
Reg. Sec. Sig., xxxvii, 30; Ardentoul MS.]