Name: Margaret Fraser
Birth: ABT 1597 in Bunchrew, Invernesshire, Scotland
Death: AFT 1666
PCTS: Portrait in book ?Women of Scotland?? 1
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?She lost her first husband, Sir Robert Arbuthnott, in 1633. Finding herself with four sons and three daughters to bring up, she decided to marry again and at the end of that year she became the wife of Sir James [should say John] Haldane of Gleneagles.?
There is at Gleneagles a portrait of this lady which represents her at the age of sixty-six. It might be supposed that she would have inherited a share of the good looks for which her uncle, the ?bonnie Earl,? was famed. But Margaret Fraser?s appearance is distinctly plain. The painter has depicted her as a sagacious-looking, dark-eyed, strong-featured dame, with a rather large and slightly bulbous nose. She is attired in mourning with a wimple of sombre hue upon her head, and from her shoulders hangs a short cape with a broad white edging. Round her throat and over her high white collar is a necklace of beads, and on her breast a large brooch resembling a Holbein jewel, which is partly formed of three large pear-shaped pearls. Altogether she presents a somewhat grim aspect, and one might picture her as the abbess of a religious house calmly viewing preparations being made to immure within the wall of a dark dungeon some frail sister of her flock.
Her 2nd husband was Sir John Haldane who was killed [3 Sept 1650] at the battle of Dunbar, fighting for Charles II. By him she had two sons Mungo and Patrick.
(Decisions of the lords of council and session: from 1766 to 1791, Volumes 1-2. p168.)
Father: Simon Fraser b: ABT 1569
Mother: Jean Stewart
- Note: Contract 29 Apr 1617 Aberdeen
- Jean Arbuthnot b: 19 JUL 1619
- Type: Book
Periodical: Women in Scotland, 1660-1780
Author: Rosalind Kay Marshall
Publication: National Galleries of Scotland