Robert F. Franks1

M
     Robert F. Franks married Henrietta Bushe.1

Child of Robert F. Franks and Henrietta Bushe

Citations

  1. [S205] Newspaper, The British Medical Journal, 1920, p. 723.

Roy A. Franzen1

M, b. 14 June 1915, d. 2 August 1999
     Roy A. Franzen was born on 14 June 1915.1 He married Fern Louise Sewall, daughter of Charles David Sewall and Ellen Louise Johnson.2 Roy A. Franzen died on 2 August 1999 in Hennepin County, Minnesota, at the age of 84.1

Citations

  1. [S392] Website findagrave.com (http://www.findagrave.com/) "# 110659962."
  2. [S392] Website findagrave.com (http://www.findagrave.com/) "# 125924250."

Alexander Fraser1

M, b. 24 August 1824, d. 23 October 1882
     Alexander Fraser was born on 24 August 1824 in Inverness.1,2 He was the son of John Fraser and Lillias Fraser.1 Alexander Fraser was baptised on 18 September 1824 at Inverness by the Rev. Robert Findlater; witnesses were Rev. Alexander Stewart (of Cromarty) and George Fraser (convenor.)2 He married Mary Mead Torrance, daughter of Benjamin Torrance and Mary Mead, say 1849.2 Alexander Fraser died on 23 October 1882 in Canada at the age of 58.2 He was buried in Cobourg Union Cemetery, Hamilton Twp., Northumberland County, Ontario.2

Children of Alexander Fraser and Mary Mead Torrance

Citations

  1. [S191] Donald Fraser, Autobiography.
  2. [S432] Marie Fraser, Communications from Marie Fraser.
  3. [S525] Clarence Monroe Burton and William Stocking, City of Detroit, Vol. 4, p. 588.

Alexander Fraser

M
     Alexander Fraser married Annabella Munro.

Child of Alexander Fraser and Annabella Munro

Alexander Fraser1

M
     Alexander Fraser was the son of John Edward Fraser and Anna Sexton.1

Citations

  1. [S432] Marie Fraser, Communications from Marie Fraser.

Rev. Dr. Alexander Fraser1

M
     Rev. Dr. Alexander Fraser was the son of Rev. Donald Fraser.1 Rev. Dr. Alexander Fraser. Minister of Kirkhill.1 He married Isabella Fraser, daughter of Colonel Alexander Fraser of Culduthel and Lilias Chisholm.1

Child of Rev. Dr. Alexander Fraser and Isabella Fraser

Citations

  1. [S431] Alexander Mackenzie, History of the Frasers of Lovat, p. 587.

Colonel Alexander Fraser of Culduthel1

M
     Colonel Alexander Fraser of Culduthel married Lilias Chisholm.1

Child of Colonel Alexander Fraser of Culduthel and Lilias Chisholm

Citations

  1. [S431] Alexander Mackenzie, History of the Frasers of Lovat, p. 586.

Alfred Fraser1

M, b. 8 January 1901, d. 8 January 1901
     Alfred Fraser died on 8 January 1901 in Queensland.2 He was born on 8 January 1901 in Queensland.1 He was the son of Alfred William Fraser and Clara Phillips.1

Citations

  1. [S232] Ancestry.com, Australia Birth Index, 1788-1922.
  2. [S232] Ancestry.com, Australia Death Index, 1787-1985.

Alfred William Fraser1

M, b. 11 September 1863, d. March 1946
     Alfred William Fraser was born on 11 September 1863 in the Free High Church Manse, Inverness, Scotland; at 10 a.m.2 He was the son of Rev. Donald Fraser D.D. and Theresa Eliza Isabella Gordon.1 Alfred William Fraser appears on the census of 4 April 1881 at 3 Cambridge Square, London.3 He married Clara Phillips, daughter of Jacob Aaron Phillips and Sarah Matthews Newton, on 31 October 1894 in Queensland.4,5 On 20 September 1921 in the notice of the engagement of his daughter Queenie he is described as being of Kartum and 21 Lexham Gardens, Kensington.
Mackenzie describes him as an engineer in Queensland. In 1898 he is named as an executor in the will of Charles William Maillar Munro and is described a s a railway inspector of Main Range Camp.6,7,8,9
In May 1923 Fraser travelled from Port Said and landed at Plymouth from the P&O steamship Nagoya. He was listed as being in the Sudan Government Service.10 He was probably the Alfred William Fraser aged 82 whose death was registered in the quarter ending March 1946 in the Paddington, London registration district.11

Children of Alfred William Fraser and Clara Phillips

Citations

  1. [S12] Christopher John Rees, CJR family tree.
  2. [S205] Newspaper, The Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh, Scotland), Wednesday, September 16, 1863.
  3. [S50] British Census 1881.
  4. [S232] Ancestry.com, Australia Marriage Index, 1788-1949.
  5. [S205] Newspaper, The Queenslander, 24 November 1894.
  6. [S117] The Times Newspaper, Sep 20, 1921.
  7. [S431] Alexander Mackenzie, History of the Frasers of Lovat, p. 588.
  8. [S205] Newspaper, The Queenslander, Saturday 10 September 1898.
  9. [S205] Newspaper, The Queenslander, Saturday 26 November 1898.
  10. [S232] Ancestry.com, UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960.
  11. [S120] Free BMD.
  12. [S197] David Griffith, Communication from David Griffith.
  13. [S232] Ancestry.com, Australia Birth Index, 1788-1922.

Alice Mead Fraser1

F, b. 13 June 1866
     Alice Mead Fraser was born on 13 June 1866 (though the 1901 Census gives the year as 1867.)1,2 She was the daughter of Alexander Fraser and Mary Mead Torrance.1 Alice Mead Fraser married Dr. Henry Raymond Casgrain circa 1892.1

Citations

  1. [S432] Marie Fraser, Communications from Marie Fraser.
  2. [S226] 1901 Canadian Census.

Amy Millicent Fraser1

F, b. 19 March 1863, d. 23 February 1924
     Amy Millicent Fraser was born on 19 March 1863.1 She was the daughter of Alexander Fraser and Mary Mead Torrance.1 Amy Millicent Fraser married Theodore Arnold Haultain, son of Major Gen. Francis Mitchell Haultain and Isabella Thomas, on 23 June 1886 in Detroit, Michigan.1 Amy Millicent Fraser died on 23 February 1924 in St. George's Hospital, London, at the age of 60.2

Children of Amy Millicent Fraser and Theodore Arnold Haultain

Citations

  1. [S432] Marie Fraser, Communications from Marie Fraser.
  2. [S232] Ancestry.com, England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1861-1941.
  3. [S118] Theodore Graham Haultain and Joan Haultain & Maynard, Margaret Stanley, The Haultain family tree 1689-2000, p. 221.

Annabella Jane Fraser1

F, b. 27 December 1864, d. 1927
     Annabella Jane Fraser was born on 27 December 1864.1 She was the daughter of Alexander Fraser and Mary Mead Torrance.1 Annabella Jane Fraser married Herbert Barber Walker circa 1890.1 Annabella Jane Fraser died in 1927.1

Children of Annabella Jane Fraser and Herbert Barber Walker

Citations

  1. [S432] Marie Fraser, Communications from Marie Fraser.
  2. [S226] 1901 Canadian Census.

Sir Bruce Donald Fraser K.C.B.1

M, b. 18 November 1910, d. 22 August 1993
     Sir Bruce Donald Fraser K.C.B.. Comptroller and Auditor-General, Exchequer and Audit Department, 1966–1971. He was born on 18 November 1910.2 He was the son of Major-General Sir Theodore Fraser K.C.B., C.S.I., C.M.G. and Constance Ruth Stevenson. Sir Bruce Donald Fraser K.C.B. married Audrey Croslegh, daughter of Lt.-Col. E.L. Croslegh, on 12 May 1939 in St.Michael's Church, Chester Square, London, The Rev. W.H. Elliott officiated, assisted by the Rev. W.R. Flex.2,3 Sir Bruce Donald Fraser K.C.B. died on 22 August 1993 in Cardiganshire at the age of 82.4

Children of Sir Bruce Donald Fraser K.C.B. and Audrey Croslegh

Citations

  1. [S197] David Griffith, Communication from David Griffith.
  2. [S198] Unknown author, Who's Who, 1980 edition.
  3. [S117] The Times Newspaper, May 13, 1939.
  4. [S198] Unknown author, Who's Who, FRASER, Sir Bruce (Donald), Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007.

Caroline Ruth Leigh Fraser1

F, b. circa 1948, d. 9 April 1977
     Caroline Ruth Leigh Fraser was born circa 1948.1 She was the daughter of Sir Bruce Donald Fraser K.C.B. and Audrey Croslegh.2 Caroline Ruth Leigh Fraser died on 9 April 1977 in France in a car accident.2,1

Citations

  1. [S117] The Times Newspaper, Apr 14, 1977.
  2. [S197] David Griffith, Communication from David Griffith.

Rev. Donald Fraser1

M

Child of Rev. Donald Fraser

Citations

  1. [S431] Alexander Mackenzie, History of the Frasers of Lovat, p. 587.

Rev. Donald Fraser D.D.

M, b. 15 January 1826, d. 12 February 1892
     Rev. Donald Fraser D.D.. Free Church Minister and author.1 He was born on 15 January 1826 in Inverness.2,3 He was the son of John Fraser and Lillias Fraser.3 Rev. Donald Fraser D.D. was baptised on 11 February 1826 at Inverness by the Rev. Robert Finlater. James Monro and George Fraser were witnesses. He was educated at the University of Aberdeen (M.A., 1842, D.D., 1872), and studied divinity at Knox College, Toronto, and New College, Edinburgh. He was ordained in 1851 a minister of the Presbyterian Church in Canada and from 1851 to 1859 he was minister of the Coté St. Presbyterian Church in Montreal. He then accepted a charge in Inverness and in 1870 he became minister of Marylebone Presbyterian Church in London.4 He married Theresa Eliza Isabella Gordon, daughter of Maj. Gen. Alexander Gordon R.E. and Zébée Anne Rose Touzi, on 28 April 1853 in Kingston, Canada, the service was conducted by the Rev. R.V. Rogers an Episcopal (Church of England) Minister.5,1,6 In a 1876 conveyance the address of Donald Fraser and his wife Theresa Isabella was given as at 20 Powis Square, Bayswater. Rev. Donald Fraser D.D. died on 12 February 1892 in 3 Cambridge Square, Hyde-park, London, at the age of 66 of pneumonia.2,4 He was buried on 19 February 1892 in Chapel Yard Cemetery, Inverness,

but they who know him intimately and had constant intercourse with him regarded him with deep, warm, ardent affection. The funeral would take place at Inverness on Saturday next; the mortal remains of their beloved minister would be brought to that church on Thursday, when a memorial service would be held. An appropriate service then followed, with a short address from a Canadian clergyman, the Rev. Mr. Hamilton (who was a personal friend of the deceased minister nearly years ago in Montreal). In the evening the Rev. Dr. Matthews, of Toronto, and secretary of the Pan-Presbyterian Alliance, preached to a numerous congregation. The late Dr. Fraser was unanimously elected at tho last sederunt of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of England to represent the London churches at the Great Synod to be held in Toronto this year.

At the close of his sermon in the City Temple yesterday morning, Dr. Parker spoke of the event as follows:- I have heard that Dr. Donald Fraser is dead. When will this ruthless sword, invisible, tremendous in action, cease, and give us rest awhile, lest our poverty become too painful? That sword has already wrought grievous desolation in the churches. Man after man has fallen, some go suddenly; especially in the last case for I hear that Dr. Fraser who was ill only some four days. Is it possible that some of us can only be four days off the grave? Can we be arrested, imprisoned, driven into the nameless darkness in four little days? Surely the lesson is: Work while it is called day, for the night cometh wherein no man can work. Dr. Donald Fraser has been long in London. He has been one of the most conspicuous ornaments of the Presbyterian Church in England. He was passionately devoted to the holy ministry. If now and again he came into other fields, they were collateral and not alien grounds into which he came that he might fight some battle for righteousness and liberty. In theology he was intensely orthodox; in preaching he was vigorous, varied, eloquent, practical, and most Useful. As a leader of his Church he was always to the front, wise, progressive without being rash, and strong in his very cautiousness. We cannot allow such a man to disappear in silence. We owe something to holy memories. Our recollections of this kind should be amongst our chief treasures. What a call we have had this year of desolation to the younger ministers to prepare themselves for filling great vacancies, to he baptised for the dead, to be ready to take the places of the standard-bearer. Yet of the future I have no fear. The Church is God's, not ours. He will find the leaders, the men of valour, the men needful for the present occasion and opportunity. Not one of us is indispensable to God. Yet, looking within narrow and social and fraternal lines, how poor we are made by same deaths; the air has changed its temperature, the earth has taken upon it a look of strangeness, the very ground once so familiar seems now not to care for our trespass. To outlive your generation, to become a stranger amongst the multiplied millions of earth - O this would be a penalty, this would be one of the cruel judgments of fate! I sympathize with our bereaved friends, men who gather around vacant pulpits and wonder when the familiar figure will be there. God help us to work, to love, to suffer, if need be! This is the day of splendid opportunity.4,3




                         

Children of Rev. Donald Fraser D.D. and Theresa Eliza Isabella Gordon

Citations

  1. [S91] Www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, Parish Records Index (1553-1854).
  2. [S105] [Bell], Bell Family Papers, Bell Birthday Book.
  3. [S191] Donald Fraser, Autobiography.
  4. [S117] The Times Newspaper, Monday, Feb 15, 1892.
  5. [S205] Newspaper, Quebec Morning Chronicle, Tuesday, 3 May 1853.
  6. [S191] Donald Fraser, Autobiography, p. 27.
  7. [S197] David Griffith, Communication from David Griffith.
  8. [S12] Christopher John Rees, CJR family tree.
  9. [S50] British Census 1881.

Col. Donald Gordon Fraser1,2

M, b. 18 February 1902, d. November 1975
     Col. Donald Gordon Fraser was born on 18 February 1902 in Monmouthshire.3,2 He was the son of Ernest Gordon Fraser and Florence Ellen King.1 Col. Donald Gordon Fraser died in November 1975 in Rockfield, Monmouthshire, at the age of 73.3

Citations

  1. [S197] David Griffith, Communication from David Griffith.
  2. [S120] Free BMD.
  3. [S232] Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Death Index: 1916-2005.

Rev. Donald Fraser M.A.1

M, b. 13 January 1783, d. 12 July 1836
     Rev. Donald Fraser M.A. was born on 13 January 1783.2 He was the son of Rev. Dr. Alexander Fraser and Isabella Fraser.3 Rev. Donald Fraser M.A. was appointed in 1802, minister of the parish at Kirkhill, near Inverness.1 He married Jane Gordon, daughter of Peter Gordon of Borlum and Mary Grant, on 2 November 1802.3,2 Rev. Donald Fraser M.A. died on 12 July 1836 at the age of 53 "Mr Fraser attended a funeral at Kiltarlity, and was returning home in a gig driven by a boy, when the horse stumbled, and he was thrown from his seat. Mr Fraser did not seem to be seriously hurt, but he grew worse during the afternoon, and expired the same evening at eleven o’clock. He had burst a blood vessel. "The deceased was a highly popular clergyman, of great talent, learning, and eloquence, and of accomplished manners. There was scarcely a pulpit within the wide circle of the Northern Counties in which his virtues were not eulogised last Sunday, in language which came from the heart, and awakened kindred emotion on the part of the congregation." "From the "Inverness Courier," 20 July 1836.4,5

Children of Rev. Donald Fraser M.A. and Jane Gordon

Citations

  1. [S191] Donald Fraser, Autobiography.
  2. [S432] Marie Fraser, Communications from Marie Fraser.
  3. [S431] Alexander Mackenzie, History of the Frasers of Lovat, p. 587.
  4. [S205] Newspaper, Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh, Scotland), Saturday, July 16, 1836.
  5. [S34] Unverified internet information, http://www.electricscotland.com/history/highlands/2no12.htm
  6. [S205] Newspaper, Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh, Scotland), Saturday, April 4, 1840.
  7. [S205] Newspaper, Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh, Scotland), Monday, January 7, 1850.
  8. [S191] Donald Fraser, Autobiography, p. 7.

Donald William Fraser1

M, d. 16 August 1979
     Donald William Fraser died on 16 August 1979 in Lethbridge.1

Child of Donald William Fraser

Citations

  1. [S205] Newspaper, Medicine Hat News, August 18, 1979.

Edith Constance Fraser

F, b. 1868, d. 24 January 1900
     Edith Constance Fraser was born in 1868.1 She was the daughter of Alexander Fraser and Mary Mead Torrance. Edith Constance Fraser died on 24 January 1900 in 57 Pitt Street, Windsor, Ontario, spinster.2

Citations

  1. [S432] Marie Fraser, Communications from Marie Fraser.
  2. [S232] Ancestry.com, Ontario, Canada Deaths, 1869-1934. Essex, 1900.

Edward Ellice Fraser1

M, d. 1852
     Edward Ellice Fraser was the son of John Fraser and Selina Torrance.1 Edward Ellice Fraser died in 1852 in Kokouna on the Gulf of St. Lawrence.1 He was buried in London, Ontario.1

Citations

  1. [S191] Donald Fraser, Autobiography, p. 26.

Edward Gordon Fraser1

M, b. 25 July 1855, d. 31 July 1855
     Edward Gordon Fraser was born on 25 July 1855.1 He was the son of Rev. Donald Fraser D.D. and Theresa Eliza Isabella Gordon.1 Edward Gordon Fraser died on 31 July 1855 of convulsions.2 He was buried on 1 August 1855 in Erskine Presbyterian Church.

Citations

  1. [S197] David Griffith, Communication from David Griffith.
  2. [S191] Donald Fraser, Autobiography, p. 27.

Elizabeth Fraser1

F, b. circa 1905
     Elizabeth Fraser was born circa 1905 in Michigan.2 She was the daughter of Frederick Laing Fraser and Bessie F. Beatty.1

Citations

  1. [S432] Marie Fraser, Communications from Marie Fraser.
  2. [S206] 1920 US Census, Detroit Ward 17, Wayne, Michigan; Roll: T625_816; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 522; Image: 125.

Elizabeth Dorothea Fraser1

F, b. 20 March 1905, d. December 1990
     Elizabeth Dorothea Fraser was born on 20 March 1905.2,3 She was the daughter of Major-General Sir Theodore Fraser K.C.B., C.S.I., C.M.G. and Constance Ruth Stevenson.2 Elizabeth Dorothea Fraser married Major Harold Charles Harker Taylor O.B.E., son of H. Harker Taylor, on 6 November 1928 in St. James's, Piccadilly.4 Elizabeth's death was registered in the quarter ending December 1990 in the Pershore, Worcestershire registration district.5

Child of Elizabeth Dorothea Fraser and Major Harold Charles Harker Taylor O.B.E.

Citations

  1. [S105] [Bell], Bell Family Papers, Bell Birthday Book.
  2. [S12] Christopher John Rees, CJR family tree.
  3. [S105] [Bell], Bell Family Papers, Birthday Book.
  4. [S117] The Times Newspaper, Nov 07, 1928.
  5. [S232] Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Death Index: 1916-2005.
  6. [S117] The Times Newspaper, Aug 17, 1929.

Ella Lilias Fraser1

F, b. 3 February 1895, d. 5 June 1987
Ella Lilias Fraser's signature
     Ella Lilias Fraser was born on 3 February 1895 in India.1 She was the daughter of Ernest Gordon Fraser and Florence Ellen King.1,2 Ella Lilias Fraser died on 5 June 1987 in Gloucestershire at the age of 92.

Citations

  1. [S105] [Bell], Bell Family Papers, Bell Birthday Book.
  2. [S197] David Griffith, Communication from David Griffith.

Ernest Gordon Fraser1

M, b. 21 August 1856, d. 1 November 1935
     Ernest Gordon Fraser. Engineer in the Indian Civil Service.2 He was born on 21 August 1856 in Canada.3,4 He was the son of Rev. Donald Fraser D.D. and Theresa Eliza Isabella Gordon.5 Ernest Gordon Fraser was baptised on 28 September 1856 at Coté St. Presbyterian Church, Montréal. He married Florence Ellen King, daughter of James Pearce King, on 1 November 1893 in Baughurst, Hampshire.6 Ernest Gordon Fraser died on 1 November 1935 in St. Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex, at the age of 79.3,7

Children of Ernest Gordon Fraser and Florence Ellen King

Citations

  1. [S120] Free BMD.
  2. [S431] Alexander Mackenzie, History of the Frasers of Lovat, p. 588.
  3. [S105] [Bell], Bell Family Papers, Bell Birthday Book.
  4. [S197] David Griffith, Communication from David Griffith.
  5. [S12] Christopher John Rees, CJR family tree.
  6. [S205] Newspaper, The Standard, November 09, 1893.
  7. [S232] Ancestry.com, England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1861-1941 Record for Ernest Gordon Fraser.
  8. [S105] [Bell], Bell Family Papers, Bell Birthday Book.

Ethel Fraser1

F
     Ethel Fraser was the daughter of John Edward Fraser and Anna Sexton.1

Citations

  1. [S432] Marie Fraser, Communications from Marie Fraser.

Florence Grace Fraser1

F, b. 19 November 1866
     Florence Grace Fraser was born on 19 November 1866 probably in Edinburgh.1 She was the daughter of Rev. William Fraser and Margaret Cuningham Playfair.2

Citations

  1. [S526] Charles Rogers, Four Perthshire families, p. 82.
  2. [S431] Alexander Mackenzie, History of the Frasers of Lovat, p. 589.

Frederick John Fraser1

M, b. 6 May 1867
     Frederick John Fraser was born on 6 May 1867 in the Free High Church Manse, Inverness, Scotland.1,2,3 He was the son of Rev. Donald Fraser D.D. and Theresa Eliza Isabella Gordon.1 Frederick John Fraser appears on the census of 4 April 1881 at 3 Cambridge Square, London.1 On 12 September 1888 he started military service as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Liverpool Regiment and was seconded to the Indian Staff Corps in 1892. In 1912 he is listed as a Major, Second Double Company Commander in the 33rd Punjabis and Lt. Colonel 46th Punjabis 12 September 1914.4 Fraser wrote several plays and the lyrics to many songs, some of which were performed by Amy Woodforde-Finden. He took action to recover damages for plagiarism of a plot of one of his plays. This was reported in a several newspapers:

Loud and frequent laughter was heard in Mr Justice Darling's crowded court during the hearing of the action brought by Captain Frederick J. Fraser against Mr George Edwardes, the well-known theatrical manager, who, he alleges, appropriated the "general scheme" of 'The Cingalee" from a play submitted to him under the title of "The Hanjiahn, or The Lotus Girl."
Mr George Edwardes, wearing a light grey suit, joined heartily in the hilarity provoked now and again by Mr Justice Darling's witticisms, and Mr Hayden Coffin, Miss Louie Pounds, Mr Pinero, Mr Huntley Wright, Mr Lionel Monckton, Captain Basil Hood, Mr Adrian Rose and Mr Howard Talbot followed the case with intense interest.
Mr Bankes, K.C., described the interview which took place between Mr J.L. Tanner and Captain Fraser after Mr Edwardes had agreed to produce "The Lotus Girl," on the understanding that the officer collaborated with Mr Tanner in making the dialogue more humorous.
In March, 1903, Mr Edwardes wrote to Captain Fraser's solicitors in London, saying that as a consequence of the difficulty about collaboration he had decided not to utilise Captain Fraser's play. "At that very time," said counsel, "Mr Tanner must have been writing the play, for in August he was actually in communication with Mr Anstey with reference to their writing up a Babu part for Mr Huntley Wright. This character was not to be taken from Mr Anstey's book 'Babu Jaberjee, B. A.' to which Captain Fraser had himself referred Mr Edwardes as a good model for a Huntley Wright part." Then counsel plunged into a glowing description of "The Lotus Girl," its beautiful Kashmir scenery, its characters, and its plot. One of the scenes was a lake fringed with wild iris. "When Mr Tanner changed the scene from Kashmir to Ceylon in his own play he took the iris .with him, and wild iris does not grow in Ceylon," said counsel. "But this was not the only mistake committed by Mr Tanner in copying," added Mr Bankes. "In 'The Lotus Girl' was the character of an Eastern potentate who, being a Kashmir Mahometan, would have a large number of wives; in fact, in the play he wanted to marry as many as 20 of the characters. But Mr Tanner made his Ceylon ruler also the possessor of a harem. Now, a ruler in Ceylon must be a Buddhist, who does not approve of harems."
"A Buddhist?" remarked Mr Justice Darling. "He was a bigamist, too." The court rippled with merriment.
"The only difference between the plays," concluded Mr Bankes, "is that Mr Tanner introduced a character named Lady Patricia Vane."
Then Captain Fraser described his various interviews with Mr Edwardes, with scene-painters, costume designers, and, finally, with Mr Huntley Wright. The latter objected to playing a native part, as suggested by Mr Anstey's "Babu" book.
"Mr Edwardes told me that Huntley Wright would have to play what he was told," said the captain. There was not a vestige of smile on the captain's face, but the court roared with laughter.
"In 'The Cingalee, he continued, "there was a half-caste girl, who should, of course, have no caste mark, but who was identified by mach a mark. In my play the Babu had the mark."
"That reminds me of Box and Cox." murmured Mr Justice Darling, meditatively, "and of the man who was identified because he did not have a strawberry mark on his arm."
The Babu in Captain Fraser's scenario was described by Mr Justice Darling, with the manuscript before him, in the words: "He has been partly educated and called to the bar."
Rows of grey wigs shook with mirth as the judge read the description in tones of sorrow rather than of anger.
There was another shout of laughter when Captain Fraser referred to the fact that, as in "The Lotus Girl," there was a lotus lake in "The Cingalee." This was in spite of the fact that there was no such lake in Ceylon. "I maintain that they took my lake," exclaimed the captain in a voice of thunder.
The "Hanjiahn" boat girls are fair to look upon, but the tea girls in Ceylon are coolies from Madras, "the very blackest and ugliest of their kind," exclaimed the captain. "The tea girls in 'The Cingalee' came from Kashmir.
Captain Fraser continued that while in "Hanjiahn" he introduced a party of officers dressed to play polo, a party of tea planters came on in "The Cingalee" in similar costume.
The "chee chee" accent, peculiar to Hindus who had learnt English, and found in the "Hanjiahn," was also found in "The Cingalee.'' Characters, said: "I am veree soree," instead of "I am very sorry.
"In "The Cingalee" one of the characters said to a friend. "Sell yourself, old Chutney. Sell your black hair, old Bombay duck."
Captain Fraser claimed that "Bombay duck" was taken from "The Lotus Girl."
"What is a Bombay duck?" asked the judge.
"It is a dried fish," said the captain solemnly.
"You know that musical comedy in written on conventional lines?" asked Mr Issacs, who appeared for Mr Edwardes.
"We know they all are," said the judge in a weary tone. Then his lordship proceeded to examine photographs of pretty Kashmir girls. "I see that Captain Fraser has written on the back of them, 'The prettiest do not allow themselves to be photographed.' "
"It is very different in this country," said Mr Rufus Isaacs.
"In 'San Toy,' 'The Geisha' snd 'The Cingalee,' is there not an English officer who falls in love with the beautiful girl of each country?" continued counsel.
"It must be a common habit." remarked the judge.
"Not peculiar to English officers abroad," replied Mr Isaacs.
Mr Isaacs was putting to Captain Fraser a series of questions as to the commonplace nature of the general scheme of musical comedies, when Mr Justice Darling said: "If these plays are so common, why are they not written by machinery?"

The jury had found for the plaintiff, and awarded him £3000 damages. The Otago Witness, 17 May 1905.

Citations

  1. [S50] British Census 1881.
  2. [S91] Www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, Parish Records Index (1553-1854).
  3. [S105] [Bell], Bell Family Papers, Bell Birthday Book.
  4. [S448] H.G. Hart, Army List, 1895.

Frederick Laing Fraser1

M, b. 11 September 1861, d. 15 February 1934
     Frederick Laing Fraser was born on 11 September 1861 in Detroit, Michigan, though various census report his birth place as Canada.2,3,4 He was the son of Alexander Fraser and Mary Mead Torrance.1 Frederick Laing Fraser married Bessie F. Beatty, daughter of James Beatty, on 3 June 1891 in Holy Trinity Church, Chatham, Ontario.3 Frederick Laing Fraser died on 15 February 1934 in Detroit, Michigan, at the age of 72.4

Children of Frederick Laing Fraser and Bessie F. Beatty

Citations

  1. [S432] Marie Fraser, Communications from Marie Fraser.
  2. [S516] 1871 Canada, Cobourg, Northumberland West, Ontario; Roll: C-9983; Page: 66; Family No: 254.
  3. [S232] Ancestry.com, Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1801-1926.
  4. [S392] Website findagrave.com (http://www.findagrave.com/) "# 81791700."