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TITLE
Lord Lovat talks about his father's expectations
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_MFRLORDLOVAT_04
PLACENAME
Beauly
DISTRICT
Aird
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Kilmorack
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
Simon Fraser, 17th Lord Lovat
SOURCE
Moray Firth Radio
ASSET ID
1538
KEYWORDS
Commandos
Commandoes
rmed forces
Second World War
agriculture
laird
lairds
colonialism
audio

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Simon Fraser, commonly known as the 17th Lord Lovat, (1911-1995), was the 25th Chief of the Clan Fraser and a prominent British Commando during World War II. He was seriously wounded during the invasion of Normandy in 1944 but went on to make a full recovery. In the post-war period he devoted much of his time to politics and looking after the family estates in the Beauly district.

In this audio extract, taken from an interview with Sam Marshall for Moray Firth Radio, Lord Lovat recalls what his father expected of him, both at home and on the Fraser coffee and cotton plantations abroad.

'Yes he was very keen on getting a boy to stand on his own feet and I - Yes, I twice went out to South America, once to the Argentine, twice to Brazil, and I also went out to the Sudan where he had interests in cotton growing in Africa. He wanted me to do well, I imagine, and I never wished to let him down, so I was kept very much - in a sense I was trying my hardest to please him. As regards what he wanted me to do, as the eldest son I think he wanted me to do well in school, and then get into university - which I managed to do, went to Oxford - and then he wanted me to become a soldier, which I also did. But you must remember he died when I was only just twenty-one. I had only just come of age when he died and then I was already in the army; I was in the Scots Guards, and stayed in the regiment until - he died in '33 - and I stayed in the regiment till 1938. And then after being two years in Egypt with the Scots Guards I left the army and got married and was eight months out of the army when the war began. So I only had eight months of a break in the civvy street'

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Lord Lovat talks about his father's expectations

INVERNESS: Kilmorack

1980s

Commandos; Commandoes; rmed forces; Second World War; agriculture; laird; lairds; colonialism; audio

Moray Firth Radio

MFR: Lord Lovat

Simon Fraser, commonly known as the 17th Lord Lovat, (1911-1995), was the 25th Chief of the Clan Fraser and a prominent British Commando during World War II. He was seriously wounded during the invasion of Normandy in 1944 but went on to make a full recovery. In the post-war period he devoted much of his time to politics and looking after the family estates in the Beauly district. <br /> <br /> In this audio extract, taken from an interview with Sam Marshall for Moray Firth Radio, Lord Lovat recalls what his father expected of him, both at home and on the Fraser coffee and cotton plantations abroad.<br /> <br /> 'Yes he was very keen on getting a boy to stand on his own feet and I - Yes, I twice went out to South America, once to the Argentine, twice to Brazil, and I also went out to the Sudan where he had interests in cotton growing in Africa. He wanted me to do well, I imagine, and I never wished to let him down, so I was kept very much - in a sense I was trying my hardest to please him. As regards what he wanted me to do, as the eldest son I think he wanted me to do well in school, and then get into university - which I managed to do, went to Oxford - and then he wanted me to become a soldier, which I also did. But you must remember he died when I was only just twenty-one. I had only just come of age when he died and then I was already in the army; I was in the Scots Guards, and stayed in the regiment until - he died in '33 - and I stayed in the regiment till 1938. And then after being two years in Egypt with the Scots Guards I left the army and got married and was eight months out of the army when the war began. So I only had eight months of a break in the civvy street'