Fraser: Scottish name of French origin, meaning unknown 
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Part 1: Hugh Fraser Sr (? - ?)
The first known Fraser was Hugh Fraser who lived in the latter half of the 18th century. 'Fraser' is a prominent name in the area around Inverness in the Scottish Highlands, and the Clan Fraser have been involved in major Scottish political events since they first appeared in Scotland in the 12th century. The Clan Fraser of Lovat is the branch associated with the area where Hugh and his descendants lived, though how (or indeed if) they might have been related is not known at present.
Hugh was a farmer married to Isabel Hutchen (or Hutcheson). No marriage record has been found so far (either because it has not been transcribed or, more likely, not survived). They lived in Kiltarlity Parish, south-west of Inverness, near Loch Ness. The settlements they lived in, near Balmore, have long since disappeared: Fassock ('Fasadh' in Gaelic) and then Foxhall (or 'Foxhole' - 'Bhog solla' in Gaelic pronunciation). 
Hugh and Isabel had six children:
Alexander, Thomas, Catherine, Donald, Robert and Hugh.
 The witnesses for many of the baptisms were
Thomas Hutchen, Robert Hutchen and Donald Fraser who were almost certainly
relatives. Nothing else is known of Hugh Sr or Isabel.
Alexander was born
09 July 1781 in Fassock, Kiltarlity Parish and baptised two days later. Nothing else
is known of him.
Thomas was born 21 July 1783 in Foxhall, Kiltarlity
Parish and baptised the same day. Nothing else is known of him.
Catherine was baptised 15 Dec 1785 in
Kiltarlity Parish. It is likely she was born that day or a day or two earlier. Nothing else is
known of her.
baptised 21 November 1788 in Kiltarlity Parish. It is likely he was born that day or a day or two
earlier. He had an illegitimate son, Hugh Fraser, who was born 15
July 1834 and baptised 01 August in Nairn, Nairnshire. Hugh listed
Inverness (probably the town rather than the county) on census records as
where he was born. His mother was Elizabeth Stewart who may have
married Donald later which would have made Hugh legitimate. Donald was a
farmer and probably died between 1862 and 1878.
 Hugh studied at King's College, Aberdeen and was
awarded an MA in 1851 (it was not uncommon to be at university younger
than 18). He became a minister for the Church of Scotland (like one of his
cousins, also called Hugh Fraser!) and was ordained to Berridale Parish,
Caithness-shire, 13 March 1862. He was presented by James, Earl of Fife
and translated to Macduff Parish, 26 November 1863. His final translation
was 19 May 1868 to Alvah, Banffshire. He married twice, first to Amelia
Jane Scott 15 May 1862. She died in 1867 and he remarried Annie
Bean 30 April 1878. They had seven children, two of their sons later
received the Military Cross during WWI. Annie died 23 March 1916 and Hugh
retired and died in Forres, Morayshire, 18 November 1923.
Robert was born
24 August 1790 in Foxhall, Kiltarlity Parish and baptised two days later. Nothing else
is known of him.
Hugh was born in 1792. More information about
him appears in Part 2.
Next: Hugh Fraser Jr