John Foster Fraser

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John Fraser
Round the world on a wheel-mr fraser in burma.jpg
Fraser in Burma
Born 13 June 1868
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died 7 July 1936(1936-07-07) (aged 68)[1]
London, England
Occupation author, bicyclist

Sir John Foster Fraser (13 June 1868 – 7 July 1936) was a Scottish travel author. In July 1896, he and two friends, Samuel Edward Lunn and Francis Herbert Lowe, took a bicycle trip around the world riding Rover safety bicycles. They covered 19,237 miles in two years and two months, travelling through 17 countries and across three continents. He documented the trip in the book Round the World on a Wheel.[2][3]

Between books he was a journalist. In 1901 while working for The Yorkshire Post he wrote, among other things, a 16-page description of Queen Victoria's funeral. In the UK in 1916 he lectured on What I Saw in Russia.

Fraser was knighted in the 1917 Birthday Honours.[1]


  • The Dancer Of Koom Ombo (1897)
  • Round the World on a Wheel (1899)
  • America at work (1903)
  • The real Siberia, together with an account of a dash through Manchuria (1904)
  • Canada as it is (1905)
  • Pictures from the Balkans (1906)
  • Vagabond papers (1906)
  • Red Russia (1907)
  • Life's contrasts (1908)
  • Quaint Subjects of the King (1909)
  • The British empire and what it means (1910)
  • Australia, the making of a nation (1912)
  • The land of veiled women; some wandering in Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco (1913)
  • Panama and what it means (1913)
  • The amazing Argentine; a new land of enterprise (1914)
  • The conquering Jew (1915)
  • Russia of to-day (1915)


  1. ^ a b The Glasgow Herald, "Death of Sir John Foster Fraser; July 8, 1936. URL retrieved 2014-01-20.
  2. ^ Fraser, John (abridged 1982), Round The World on a Wheel, Chatto and Windus (UK)
  3. ^ "FRASER, John Foster". Who's Who. Vol. 59. 1907. pp. 636–637. 

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