Major James Fraser of Castle Leathers, 1670 - 1760. Hanoverian supporter

About this artwork

Major James Fraser of Castle Leathers was a supporter of the Hanoverian government during the Jacobite risings. He later became known as the author of ‘Major Fraser's Manuscript’, which describes his journey to France to bring home the exiled Simon Fraser of Beaufort, later 11th Lord Lovat. Fraser married Janet, daughter of Sir Robert Dunbar, and had two sons and nine daughters. This remarkable portrait shows Major Fraser in the classic Highland outfit of tartan ‘trews’ and plaid. This style of dress was suitable for riding and seems to have been adopted by men of privilege in the early seventeenth century. Another version of this portrait hangs in the courtroom of the Tollbooth in Forres, near Inverness.

Updated before 2020

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