The clan motto is “Je Suis Prest”, which is ancient French for “I Am Ready“, as shown in the Clan Badge which can be used by all clansfolk.
The shield consists of three cinquefoils, or Fraises, as they have come to be known, in the first and fourth positions. The etymology of the name Fraser comes from the French word fraise meaning strawberry.
Coat of Arms
All members of the clan can wear this badge
Coat of Arms
Only the chief may use the full arms
“Je Suis Prest” which means “I am ready” in ancient French
Sprig of Yew
Fraser’s of Lovat for centuries wore a sprig of a yew tree in their cap or on their lapel to be identified as a Fraser.
Frisealach Air-Son Frisealach, Frisealach Air-Son MacShimidh! (A Fraser for a Fraser, a Fraser for Simon)
There are numerous clan songs such as Lovats March and Lord Lovats Lament but this must not be played in his presence
Clan Battle Cry
“Caisteal Dhuni”, Castle Dounie, which refers to the ancestral Castle and Clan seat, which once existed near the present Beaufort Castle. “A Mhor-fhaiche” which means The Great Field which is where the clan would congregate before batter in front of Castle Dounie
Traditionally green based hunting tartan is worn outdoors, while red based dress tartans are worn in the evenings as formal attire, but this is not a strict rule.
The highlanders dagger kept in the right hand sock as protection. Never to be unsheathed without drawing blood.
Kilts for men are not complete without a sporran which hangs over the pelvis as shown. Ladies do not traditionally wear sporrans.
Much larger fighting sword worn on the side belt, but very uncommon in the modern day given their size and threat.
There are many types of kilt jacket, both formal and casual, with no set rules of what one should wear and when. Kilt jackets only need be short cut so as not to hide the kilt itself.
Kilt socks and garters are necessary with kilts to hold the Skein Dhous.
Worn round the shoulder the plaid is very uncommon in the modern day, but extremely chic if worn properly.