Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Frasers of Fife: The Beginning | Duncan Fraser and Isobel Burness

Duncan Fraser married Isobel Burness and the story began. The acorn from which the mighty Fraser tree sprouted, being planted about 1763.

1. Duncan Fraser, a native of Invernesshire, date and place of birth unknown, was out in the rebellion of 1745 in cause of Prince Charlie. In 1764 he seems to have been a Miller at Craighouse Mill, Saline, Fife and in 1773 he removed to Milldeans Mill, Leslie of which he was a tenant until his death.

Isobel Burns or Burness, his wife (tradition says that she was of the same stock as Burns the Poet) and from the Session Records at Drumlithie, Kincardineshire it is found that an Isobel Burness daughter of a Robert Burness was born June 21st 1748

Married about 1763 they had the following children:

2. i. Margaret Fraser born June 10th 1764, at Saline married John Gibb

    ii. Hugh Fraser born November 3rd 1765, at Saline, contracted to Elizabeth Arnot November 15th 1794 in Kinglassie, died about Dec 1794 - no issue

3. iii. William Fraser born July 24th 1767 married Agnes Bane

4. iv. John Fraser born September 23rd 1770 at Saline married Ann Johnstone

5. v. Alexander Fraser born November 15th 1775 at Milldeans, Kinglassie married Janet Lockart

6. vi. James Fraser born 1777 Kinglassie married Mary MacLaren

    vii. David Fraser born August 15th 1779 died in infancy

    viii. George Fraser born December 25th 1780 died at 18 months

    ix. Issabella Burns Fraser born  January 29th 1782 at Milldeans, died in infancy

    x. Janet Fraser born December 12th 1793, died January 29th 1797

Duncan died about 1795/6 at Milldeans Mill, Leslie
Isobel died January 15th 1805 at Leslie

~ all information provided here has been taken directly from the John Fraser family tree compiled in 1880 and as such is the only source for these writings - the objective being to record his work for further study and documentation ~ 

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