Once the fishing village of Faithlie, Fraserborough, nicknamed the Broch, lying 40 miles north of Aberdeen, is now a very cosmopolitan town and claims to be the largest shellfish port in Europe. The area has been home to the Lairds of Philorth for centuries, Alexander Fraser 7th Laird built the harbour in 1546, Sir Alexander, the 8th Laird built Fraserburgh Castle in 1570, now Kinnaird lighthouse and receiving 2 charters from King James VI, he called the new Burgh and Free Port, Fraser's Burgh. He was also authorised to build a University but it didn't last. For Frasers there are the Kinnaird Lighthouse Museum and the Heritage Centre, with its Fraser Connection display, to visit as well as interesting surrounding countryside. It's also the birthplace of Thomas Blake Glover 1839-1911, The Scottish Samurai.


Based at Balhousie Castle Hay street, Perth, Tel 0131 3108530, Email well signed from the town centre this is an excellent regimental museum with details of one of our Clan Fraser Victoria Cross holders, John Simpson 1843-1884. Officers of The Black Watch. 1725-1986 Ed J L R Samson. p 90 Citation: For conspicuous bravery at the attack on the fort of Ruhya on 15 April1858, in having volunteered to go to an exposed point within 40 yards of the parapet of the fort under a heavy fire, and brought in, first Lt Douglas, and afterwards a private soldier, both of whom were dangerously wounded. (Thanks to Thomas B Smythe, curator, for that information) Also, Lord Lovat, the Red Fox, was in charge of one of its founding companies but it was disbanded, some say he was using it to support Jacobite sympathies, others, he was lining his own pocket.
Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4.30pm.
(including Public Holidays)
(Except the last Saturday in June)
Monday to Friday, 10am to 4.30pm.
(Closed 23 December to 4 January inclusive)


Culloden Visitor Centre Opening hours 1 Feb - 31 March 1 November - 31 December open daily 10 - 4, 1 April - 31 October open daily 9 - 6

Admission charges
Adults £5.00
Concessions £3.75
Children £3.75
Family £13.50
Group rate £4.00
Trust members Free
There are also special rates for educational groups.


Stone marking Fraser grave at Culloden
The centre has a fascinating Jacobite exhibition including an audiovisual presentation. Battlefield tours and Living History presentations in summer season, or by arrangement. There is also an excellent book and gift shop, and our Taste of Scotland restaurant.
The Frasers stood in the front line of the Jacobite army. The Appin regiment was on their left and Clan Chattan on their right. They were commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Charles Fraser of Inverallochie. It is thought that there were up to 500 Frasers on the field that day and casualties are reckoned to be as high as 250 killed. The battle saw the end of Bonnie Prince Charlie's rebellion/counter revolution and the Highland way of life, the Frasers were willing to regroup and fight again but the Prince had fled. Although he took no part in the rebellion, the Red Fox, 12th Lord Lovat, was the last person to be beheaded at the Tower of London, as he obeyed the Scots law of hospitality and gave shelter to the Prince, as he fled. After the battle a Major James Wolfe disobeyed a direct order by the Duke of Cumberland to shoot a prisoner, a 20 year old colonel of the Frasers, Charles Fraser of Inverallochy, unfortunately Cumberland ordered a passing soldier to do the deed but that major 12 years later was in charge of the British army in Quebec, where the influence of the Fraser Highlanders was immense.
It's a beautiful and well run battlefield, with so much history attached and many thanks to the staff at the National Trust for Scotland Visitors centre for their help in putting this section together.