Sir Alexander Fraser of Cornton

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Sir Alexander Fraser of Cornton

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Son of John Fraser of Oliver Castle and Alicia de Congigburg
Father of Thomas Fraser of Cornton
Brother of Sir Richard Fraser of Touchfraser

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About Sir Alexander Fraser of Cornton

Alexander Fraser of Cornton, Knight, is probably the knight of that name taken prisoner at the Battle of Methven in 1306, in which case he would have been executed. A successor, Thomas Fraser of Cornton, died before 1392, and a widow of either Thomas or another successor, after marrying James Skene of that Ilk, received from King James I, through her new husband, her terce for Cornton. The grandson of this Thomas, and perhaps the widow's son, was:

  • Thomas Fraser of Cornton,


Alexander Fraser of Cornton, the first known, may have been a younger brother of Sir Richard of Touch-Fraser, and was probably identical with an Alexander Fraser, who did homage to Edward I. at Berwick in 1296, and who, being then a knight, must have been a different person from Sir Alexander Fraser of Touch-Fraser, Chamberlain of Scotland in the reign of Robert I., the latter not having been knighted before 1308. For this reason, too, he was probably the same person as the Sir Alexander Fraser stated by Barbour to have been taken prisoner at the battle of Methven in 1306. If so, he probably perished by the hand of the executioner, for his name does not again appear in any document except a demand for his lands by John de Luc in the same year, the wording of which might imply that he was dead. -

  • #189 The Scots Peerage: Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland, Containing an Historical and Genealogical Account of the Nobility of that Kingdom, with Armorial Illustrations (1904-1914), Paul , Sir James Balfour, (9 volumes. Edinburgh: D. Douglas, 1904-1914), FHL book 941 D22p; FHL microfilms104,157-104,161., vol. 4 p. 107. and vol. 7 p. 425.

The Frasers of Muchal-in Mar, sometimes referred to as the Frasers of Muchalls, were a branch of the Fraser family in Scotland.

In 1366 Thomas Fraser, a descendant of Sir Alexander Fraser of Cornton brother of Sir Richard Fraser of Touch-Fraser, exchanged the lands in Petyndreich, Stirlingshire for those of Kinmundy, Aberdeenshire. His grandson Thomas exchanged the estate of Cornton for Stonywood and Muchalls in Aberdeenshire. It was presumably Thomas who erected the towerhouse stronghold overlooking the North Sea, which is now known as Muchalls Castle, having undergone expansion by the Burnetts of Leys in 1617. His descendant, Andrew Fraser, who was created Lord Fraser in 1633, completed Castle Fraser in 1636. The title became dormant following the premature death in 1716 of Charles, 4th Lord Fraser, a Jacobite who, while trying to escape from Government troops, fell over the cliffs at Pennan, near Peterhead. Castle Fraser, near Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, has been under the care of the National Trust for Scotland since 1976.