NameSir Alexander FRASER Of Durris & Cowie, & 1st Of Philorth , M
Birth Dateabt 1340
Birth PlaceCowie, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Death Dateabt 1411
MotherLady Margaret de MORAY Of Bothwell , F (~1322->1364)
Spouses
1UNNAMED , F
Unmarried
ChildrenAlexander , M (~1358-)
Birth Dateabt 1342
Birth PlaceDelny, Ross-Shire, Scotland
Death Datebef 1400
Death PlacePhilorth, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Marr Date1375
ChildrenWilliam , M (~1376-<1441)
Birth Dateabt 1372
Birth PlaceCadzow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
FatherLord David HAMILTON 3rd Of Cadzow , M (~1327-<1392)
Marr Dateabt 1400
No Children
Notes for Sir Alexander FRASER Of Durris & Cowie, & 1st Of Philorth
He [William Fraser] married Margaret, said to have been a daughter of Sir Andrew Moray of Bothwell, who survived him and was alive in 1364.

By her he had two sons:

1. Alexander, who succeeded him.

2. John, mentioned in a charter of Wester Essintuly in the thanage of Durris ...

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol VII, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 429-30
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Alexander Fraser of Durris and Cowie, and first of Philorth. He was left an orphan at an early age and was probably a royal ward, as the thanages of Durris and Cowie seem to have been in the hands of the Crown during his minority; his mother Margaret Moray, had payments from the revenues of the thanage of Cowie in 1361, and she had another payment in 1364.

On 4 September 1369, King David II granted ‘dilecto consguineo nostro Alexandro Fraser,’ the whole royal land of the Thanage of Durris, erecting them into a free barony, for the service of three attendances each year at the head court of the Sheriffdom of Kincardine, and in the service of one archer in the Royal Army.

In 1369 his name appears as Sheriff of Aberdeen, an office which he probably continued to hold till his death, certainly until the year 1399, and he was knighted in or before 1371.

On 4 June 1375, Sir Alexander Fraser and his wife Joanna received a charter from Sir Walter de Leslie, dominus de Ross, of all the lands of Philorth.

He was present at the battle of Otterburn, according to Froissart, ...

Sir Alexander lived an active life, and

died in or shortly before 1411
, in which year his son William was styled ‘of Phiorth.

(1) He married first, Joanna, second daughter of William, Earl of Ross, with whom he obtained Philorth.

By his first marriage he had a son,

1. William, who succeeded.

(2) He married, secondly, before 1400, Elizabeth, said to have been a daughter of David Hamilton of Cadzow.

He had a son, Alexander, who Douglas says was the issue of the second marriage.

Lord Saltoun, on the other hand asserts that Alexander was illegitimate, and that there was no offspring of this union. He gives his reasons for this view, which seem fairly conclusive, though too lengthy to quote in this article.

This Alexander is also mentioned in a charter dated 20 September 1400, in which Sir Alexander grants the baronies of Colly and Durris to ‘Alexandro Fraser filio naturali Alexandri Fraser militis.’ He was the ancestor of the Frasers of Durris, from which family Durris eventually passed into the possession of the Earl of Peterborough.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol VII, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 430-31
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Alexander Fraser of Durris and Cowie, 1st of Philorth
, Knight, Sheriff of Aberdeen,
m 1st, in 1375, Joanna 2nd dtr of William, Earl of Ross, with whom he received Philorth,
By his 1st wife he had a son William, his heir in Cowie and Philorth

and m 2nd ante 1400 Elizabeth believed a dtr of David Hamilton of Cadzow.

Sir Alexander Fraser of Durris and Cowie, 1st of Philorth, had also a second son:

Alexander Fraser of Durris, once claimed to be the son of the second marriage but now believed to be illegitimate, ancestor of the Frasers of Durris (today spelt Dores) and the Frasers of Forest.

Source: http://www.baronage.co.uk/bphtm-03/fraser02.html
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Notes for Joanna (Spouse 2)
William, fifth Earl of Ross, married (in terms of a Papal dispensation dated 25 May 1342) Mary, daughter of Angus Og, Lord of the Isles.

He had issue:

1. William, proposed in 1354 as one of the hostage for payment of the King’s ransom, but in August 1357 he was too ill to travel, and must have died before the end of the year.
2. Euphemia, who became Countess of Ross.

3. Joanna or Janet, married, in 1375, to Sir Alexander Fraser of Cowie, ancestor of Lord Salton, and died ante 1400.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol VII, Edinburgh, 1906, p. 237-9.
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William of Ross, 5th Earl of Ross, Lord of Skye, Justiciar of Scotland north of the Forth
... married by dispensation dated 25 May 1342 Mary of the Isles, daughter of Angus Og, Lord of the Isles, by Agnes O’Cathan (afterwards wife of Henry O’Neill, King of Cenel Eoghain).

They had one son,

William and two daughters,

Euphame and
Joan (or Janet) (wife of Alexander Fraser, Knt.).

Source: MAGNA CARTA ANCESTRY, by Douglas Richardson, © 2011, Douglas Richardson.
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Notes for Elizabeth (Spouse 3)
By Janet Keith, David Hamilton had issue:

1. John, who succeeded.
2. Sir William, named in 1392, with his brothers Sir John and Andrew …
3. Andrew, named with his brother in 1392 …
4. John, secundus, who is named in a charter of 1395 by Sir John Hamilton, his brother …

5. Elizabeth Hamilton, who in 1400, was wife of Sir Alexander Fraser of Cowie, is believed to be a daughter of David Hamilton.

Another son, George, who is said to have been the ancestor of the Hamiltons of Borland, is assigned to David Hamilton and Janet Keith, but though a George Hamilton does appear about that period, definite evidence of his relationship has not been found.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol IV, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 344-6
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He [Alexander] married first, Joanna, second daughter of William, Earl of Ross, with whom he obtained Philorth.

By his first marriage he had a son,

1. William, who succeeded.

He married, secondly, before 1400, Elizabeth, said to have been a daughter of David Hamilton of Cadzow.

He had a son, Alexander, who Douglas says was the issue of the second marriage.

Lord Saltoun, on the other hand asserts that Alexander was illegitimate, and that there was no offspring of this union. He gives his reasons for this view, which seem fairly conclusive, though too lengthy to quote in this article.

This Alexander is also mentioned in a charter dated 20 September 1400, in which Sir Alexander grants the baronies of Colly and Durris to ‘Alexandro Fraser filio naturali Alexandri Fraser militis.’ He was the ancestor of the Frasers of Durris, from which family Durris eventually passed into the possession of the Earl of Peterborough.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol VII, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 430-31
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