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The Clan Fraser in Canada Souvenir of the First Annual Gathering by Alexander Fraser

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[Illustration: ARMORIAL BEARINGS OF THE CLAN FRASER, With the Maple Leaf Entwined for Canada.]


Souvenir of the First Annual Gathering

Toronto, May 5th, 1894.



TORONTO: Mail Job Printing Co. 1895.


The chief object aimed at by the publication of this little volume is to furnish, in a concise and inexpensive form, information regarding the Clan Fraser not readily accessible to clansmen in Canada. It is also hoped a perusal of the contents will strengthen the clan sentiment, and deepen the interest in the ancient clan bond and in the long and illustrious history of the Clan. But the book being essentially an account of the first Annual Gathering held by the Clan in the Province of Ontario, it will be an interesting souvenir of that pleasant event; and probably the hope may not be too sanguine that its appearance will mark an onward step in the record of the Clan in the Dominion.

The publication has been undertaken under the auspices of the newly formed Clan Fraser in Canada, and the thanks of the editor are due to Professor W. H. Fraser, of Toronto University, and to Mr. Alexander Fraser (of Fraserfield, Glengarry), the Printing Committee of the Clan; also to Mr. J. Lewis Browne, for the music to which the "Fraser Drinking Song," written by Mrs. Georgina Fraser Newhall, has been set.

A. F. Toronto, February, 1895.


PAGE. Introduction 9 Fraser's Highlanders 11 Seventy First Regiment 15 Fraser De Berry's Organization 16

Formation of the Clan Fraser in Canada 21

First Annual Clan Dinner 22

Toast of "The Clan," containing references to: Origin of the Clan, Change of Surnames 31 Origin of the Name "Fraser" The Norman French Theory 37 Mr. Skene's Position Criticised 39 The Bond between Lord Lovat and the Marquis de la Frezelière 40 Scottish Origin of the Name 42 Mr. Homer Dixon's Argument 43 The Frasers in the Lowlands 45 The Clan Fraser Established in the Highlands 49 Succession of the Chiefs 50 Alexander of Beaufort 56 Succession of the Strichen Family 58 A Curious Prediction 59

Reply to the Toast 62

A Guest Honored 65

Toast of "The Clan in Canada." 67 " "Distinguished Clansmen" 73 In Art 74 In Science 76 In Literature 81 In Theology 87 In War 88 In Politics 90

Organization of the Clan 92

Georgina Fraser Newhall 93

Fraser's Drinking Song 96

Simon Fraser, Discoverer of the Fraser River 98

Simon Lord Lovat, Beheaded on Tower Hill 103

Brigadier Simon Fraser 104

Second Annual Dinner 107

Constitution and By laws of the Clan 109

List of Officers 112

Illustrations: Frontispiece Armorial Bearings of the Clan Menu and Toast List Card 23 Alexander Fraser (MacFhionnlaidh) 33 Robert Lovat Fraser 63 Ex Mayor John Fraser 75 William A... Continue reading book >>

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