CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3004
TitleFraser of Philorth papers
Date1379 - 1950
Administrative HistoryAlexander Fraser of Philorth was born around 1537, the grandson of the 7th Laird whom he succeeded in 1569. His grandfather had carried out many improvements to the lands of Philorth before Alexander built a port at Faithlie which had been raised to a burgh of barony: Alexander was granted the town of Faithlie by James VI, and transformed the towns into Port of Fraser (later Fraserburgh). To crown his achievements there, he founded a university in 1600, much to the disgust of the universities in nearby Aberdeen. Because of its principal’s political problems, however, it was destined to last only till 1605, though the buildings survived until the eighteenth century. He built Fraserburgh Castle, later deserted by his family because of its exposed position, and a church, but though the town did well, he later had severe financial problems because of these schemes. He was knighted in 1594. He was predeceased by both his wives, and died in 1623.
SourceThe Fraser of Philorth papers were deposited in Aberdeen University Library in 1979 by Mrs Ramsay of Mar, now Lady Saltoun
DescriptionEstate and personal papers.

A brief description of this collection can be found in A. Tough, 'Papers of Lord Saltoun at Cairnbulg Castle, Fraserburgh', Northern Scotland, vol. 3 no. 1 (1977-78), pp.87-93.
ArrangementCurrently the records are stored and accesible by a box number which is only noted in the paper catalogue. Please see paper catalogue whilst this anomaly exists.
Access StatusOpen
Publication NotePapers of Lord Saltoun at Cairnbulg Castle, Fraserburgh. Northern Scotland, Volume 3, No. 1 (1977-78), pp.87-93.
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