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History of the Bean Family
Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat, who perished on the scaffold for treason 9 Apr 1747, married Margaret, fourth daughter of Sir Ludovic Grant, and had two sons, Simon and Alexander. The latter died in 1762. The elder son, General Simon Fraser was distinguished for his bravery, and died in 1782. Lord Lovat's one daughter married Macphersie of Cluny.
Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat, was the tenth Lord and when a mere boy recruited and equipped 300, calmly allowing (?) that he needed a good body of fighting men at his back, so that he could make terms with King William, or take over to St. Germain what would make him welcome to King James ! He seized on the the widow of his kinsman, Amelia, Lady Lovat, daughter of the Marquis of Atholl, and carried her to a wayside inn, where he compelled a priest to read the marriage service and ordered his pipers to drown her screams with their skirling ! For this outrageous act he was was condemned to death - in his absence, for he coolly refused to stand trial and managed to evade arrest. His Clan was devoted to him and it is said that his unfortunate wife, in spite of his brutality, ended by loving him dearly. He betrayed King William to King James, King Louis to Queen Anne. He was doubly treacherous to Cosroyne (?) who trusted him: and Louis XIV, discovering this sent him to the Bastille.
Photo: Mersea Museum
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Category 1 Families-->Bean / May
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