Clan Fraser comes from the highlands, with the centre being a small town called Beauly, 10 miles west of Inverness, in and area that is called the Aird.
Some confusion arises as there are Fraser lands in Aberdeenshire, but these are connected to the lowland Frasers of Philorth, not the highland clan. This is due to the term ‘clan’ being used in the modern era to also describe lowland families, despite them not having any Gaelic history nor ever living under the clan system.
As the 18th Lord Saltoun states, the Philorth Frasers “had nothing to do with the origin or formation of the Highland Clan, and never belonged to it”. Wikipedia sums it up well when they say “In other words, the Frasers of Philorth never belonged to the Gaelic, Highland Clan Fraser”.
Beaufort is a baronial style Victorian sandstone castle built by the 13th Lord Lovat at the end of the 19th century. This was because the previous seat, 16th century Castle Dounie, was razed to the ground by Cumberlands army post Culloden in 1746. And before that was the original seat called the Lovat Keep. The exact location is unknown today but it is said to have stood on the other side of the river in an area called Groam of Annat, which is where the clan would gather before battles on the Great Field. This was so loved that it became the clan battle cry, “A Mhor-fhaiche”, which means great field in Gaelic.