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  • ID: I10120
  • Name: Margaret Fraser
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: ABT 1597 in Bunchrew, Invernesshire, Scotland
  • Death: AFT 1666
  • PCTS: Portrait in book ?Women of Scotland?? 1
  • Note: 1

    ?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.)
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  • Change Date: 24 MAR 2010

    Father: Simon Fraser b: ABT 1569
    Mother: Jean Stewart

    Marriage 1 Robert Arbuthnot
    • Married: 1617
    • Note: Contract 29 Apr 1617 Aberdeen
    1. Has Children Jean Arbuthnot b: 19 JUL 1619

    1. Type: Book
      Periodical: Women in Scotland, 1660-1780
      Author: Rosalind Kay Marshall
      Publication: National Galleries of Scotland
      Date: 1979
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