Hugh Fraser, 5th Lord Lovat

Hugh Fraser, 5th Lord Lovat (c. 1545–1577) was a Scottish landowner.

Arms of the Lords Lovat: Quarterly: 1st & 4th; Azure, three fraises argent, 2nd & 3rd; Argent, three antique crowns gules.

He was the son of Alexander Fraser, 4th Lord Lovat (d. 1557) and Janet Campell, a daughter of John Campbell of Cawdor. He was known as "Red Hugh" from the colour of his hair.[1]

After his father died in 1557 his estates were managed for a time by his uncle, William Fraser of Struy, Tutor of Lovat, and he was educated by monks at Beauly Priory. In May 1562 the Tutor of Lovat and young Lord Hugh came to Inverness to meet Mary, Queen of Scots with 400 followers. His grandmother Janet Ross told Mary that she had met her mother Mary of Guise there (in 1556).[2]

He went to Edinburgh in 1569 and made friends with Regent Moray, who he welcomed at Inverness in May 1569. Lovat attended the Convention of the Estates at Perth in July 1569.[3]

According to the 17th-century family historian, James Fraser, Lovat enjoyed archery, football, horse racing, and tilting, meeting other landowners at the Chapel yard in Inverness for these sports.[4]

In 1574 he was made captain of Inverness Castle by Regent Morton.[5]

He died at Towie Barclay on 1 January 1577.[6]

FamilyEdit

He married Elizabeth Stewart, daughter of John Stewart, 4th Earl of Atholl and Elizabeth Gordon. Their children included:[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ William Mackay, Fraser Chronicles (Edinburgh, 1905), p. 155.
  2. ^ William Mackay, Fraser Chronicles (Edinburgh, 1905), pp. 147-9.
  3. ^ William Mackay, Fraser Chronicles (Edinburgh, 1905), p. 159: Joseph Bain, Calendar State Papers Scotland: 1563-1569, vol. 2 (Edinburgh, 1900), pp. 653, 663.
  4. ^ William Mackay, Fraser Chronicles (Edinburgh, 1905), p. 165.
  5. ^ William Mackay, Fraser Chronicles (Edinburgh, 1905), p. 170.
  6. ^ William Mackay, Fraser Chronicles (Edinburgh, 1905), p. 174.
  7. ^ John Anderson, Historical account of the family of Frisel or Fraser, particularly Fraser of Lovat (Edinburgh, 1825), p. 88.
  8. ^ William Mackay, Fraser Chronicles (Edinburgh, 1905), p. 157.
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Alexander Fraser
Lord Lovat
c.1558–1577
Succeeded by
Simon Fraser