09/07/2017
Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Simon Fraser the fifteenth Lord Lovat was born - On this day in history

9943e54f-5b3f-4548-9416-ac66d81bdb6b

Simon Fraser, the Fifteenth Lord Lovat, chief of Clan Fraser, was born on 9 July 1911 at Beaufort Castle in Inverness. Fraser was a World War Two hero who helped to develop the commandos and was a participant in the D-Day landings, being famously piped ashore by his personal piper Bill Millin, in defiance of War Office regulations.

BROWSE OUR SCOTLAND AND WORLD WAR TWO SECTION

Fraser saw lots of action with the commandos during World War Two - he was involved in raids in which oil factories were destroyed and also helped to seize Nazi encryption equipment and codebooks, as well as capturing enemy troops. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1942 for his role in the Dieppe Raid, which ended badly for the Allies, with the loss of around 4,000 troops.

Lovat transferred to the army reserves in 1949 and remained with the army until 1962, by which time he had achieved the honorary rank of brigadier. He died in 1995 at the age of 83 and his piper Bill Millin played at his funeral service.

To read more about Scotland and World War Two, click here.

Back to "On this day in history" Category

09/07/2017 Share this story   Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Updates

King James IV declared war on England - On this day in history

King James IV of Scotland declared war on England on 26 July 1513. ...


Scottish chemist Charles Macintosh died - On this day in history

Charles Macintosh, the inventor of the Mackintosh raincoat, died on 25 July 1843. ...


The Battle of Harlaw was fought - On this day in Scottish history

The Battle of Harlaw was fought on 24 July 1411. ...


New curator appointed at Blairs Museum

Dr Alison Burke has been appointed as the new curator of the Scottish Catholic Heritage Collection at Blairs ...


Other Articles

The archaeological story of the Isle of May - new exhibition at Isle of May Lighthouse

A new exhibition at Isle of May lighthouse features items from the May Island monastery, shown for the very ...


Maritime archaeology project to survey shipwrecks of the German High Seas Fleet gets underway in Orkney

A collaborative maritime archaeology project to survey World War I shipwrecks is underway in Orkney, using ...


Bonnie Prince Charlie began the Jacobite Rising - On this day in Scottish history

Charles Edward Stuart landed at Eriskay on 23 July 1745, beginning the Jacobite Rising. ...


Joan of England was born - On this day in Scottish history

Joan of England, the wife of King Alexander II of Scotland, was born on 22 July 1210. ...