the death of Hugh Fraser 5th Lord Lovat on New Year’s Day 1576, in
his 29th year, his younger brother, Thomas Fraser of Knockie became
tutor-at-law and guardian to Hugh's young son and heir, Simon, who was then
only a child. Somewhat wild and
unruly in his youth, in 1586 Simon ran away from King’s College in Aberdeen
and went to
8th laird's uncle, Thomas Fraser of Strichen, had been attacked and
slain by Gordon of Gight on Christmas Eve 1576 over a dispute of Isobel
Forbes' rights to the Strichen estates as widow of her first husband, William
Chalmers [held jointly by her and her second husband, Thomas Fraser of Strichen,
by charter obtained in 1573]. Isobel, now a widow for the second time, to avenge her cause and the death of her second
husband, turned to the Tutor of Lovat, Thomas Fraser of Knockie, then in
Stratherrick, who took up her cause and married the widow.
prevent future disputes, Knockie purchased the claims of the Chalmers family on
his wife’s estate, and then bought the interests of his two step-daughters.
entered into a contract with Katherine and Violet Fraser, the heirs of his
wife’s second marriage, with the consent of their guardian, Sir Alexander
Fraser of Philorth, whereby they were served heirs to their deceased father in
the estate and barony of Strichen and immediately divested themselves of the
same in favour of Thomas Fraser of Knockie and his male heirs, begotten by him
and his wife Isobel. Thomas Fraser of Knockie assumed the designation of “Fraser of Knockie and Baron of Strichen”
or Fraser of Knockie and Strichen, for which he received a charter under the Great Seal of James VI in
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