Castle Fraser was mostly built between 1575 and 1635. Michael Fraser began the construction of the castle but he died in 1588 leaving the castle unfinished. The work was continued by his son, Andrew Fraser, who in 1633 became the first Lord Fraser. The castle was home to three different families during its history, two branches of the Fraser family and finally the Cowdray family who carried out a restoration of the castle after they bought it in 1921.
Simon Fraser, 11th Lord Lovat (c. 1667 – 9 April 1747), Scottish Jacobite and Chief of Clan Fraser, famous for his violent feuding and his changes of allegiance. In 1715, he had been a supporter of the House of Hanover, but in 1745 he changed sides and supported the Stuart claim. Lovat was among the Highlanders defeated at Culloden and convicted of treason. He was the last man in Britain to be publicly beheaded, on Tower Hill, London.
Castle Fraser is one of the grandest of the Scottish baronial tower houses. Begun in 1575, the present castle contains an evocative Great Hall, fine furniture and many Fraser family portraits. In the grounds, enjoy the beautiful 18th-century walled garden and the extensive woodland walks.