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  • Name of Tartan:
    Fraser - 1842 (Clan)
  • ITI Number: 1424
  • Category: Clan/Family
  • Designer / Source: Unknown
  • Date: 1829 Cromarty Ms
Fraser - 1842 (Clan)
  • Notes: This sett has always been regarded as the clan tartan of the Frasers of Lovat long before the Sobieski Stuarts included it in their 1842 Vestiarium Scoticum. In their 1850 book "The Clan and Family Tartans of Scotland" William and Andrew Smith of Mauchline wrote: "We addressed Lord Lovat on the subject of the Frazer Tartan, who writes us, - 'I many years ago took a great deal of trouble to find out the old set, and I ascertained, beyond all doubt, from the evidence of old people and old plaids, that the Frazer Tartan, previous to the year 1745, was the same pattern I now send you." On May 1, 1984, by decree of the Court of the Lord Lyon, the 21st Lady Saltoun was made "Chief of the name and arms of the whole Clan Fraser". Lord Lovat, Simon Christopher Joseph Fraser, was reported to have not given any heed to the decision, dismissing the matter as being beneath him.[25] Since this decree, there has been much confusion as to who is the Chief of the Clan Fraser. Many believe that this decree made the Lady Saltoun the chief of the Clan. However, the Lord Lyon did not grant the chiefship of the Clan Fraser, just a description of "Chief of the name and arms." The Lord Lyon does not have power over the Chief of a Highland Clan. What the decree did was reinforce the Lady Saltoun's claim to being the head of the senior branch of the wider Fraser family, and granted her the use of the plain and undifferenced Fraser arms (three strawberry flowers on a field of blue).The current Lord Lovat, Simon Fraser retains the chiefship. STS notes state: Early references include Wilson's of Bannockburn, but Wilson did not name the sett. D W Stewart contends that this is in fact an early Grant tartan which he traced to a portrait of Robert Grant of Lurg (1678-1771), hanging at Troup House before it was closed around 1894. An early Kilbarchan sample has the green and blue so dark as to appear black which produces a quite different tartan. A claim by the Smiths is not the same as proof. There is no 'evidence' of this sett exisiting prior to the rough date of the Sobieskies' Cromarty Mss. PEM Dec 10.
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