Lord Saltoun

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Lord Saltoun, of Abernethy, is a title in the Peerage of Scotland. It was created in 1445 for Sir Lawrence Abernethy. The title remained in the Abernethy family until the death in 1669 of his descendant the tenth Lady Saltoun. She was succeeded by her cousin Alexander Fraser, the eleventh Lord. He was the son of Alexander Fraser and Margaret Abernethy, daughter of the seventh Lord Saltoun. The title has remained in the Frasers of Philorth family ever since.

The seventeenth Lord, was a Lieutenant-General in the Army and sat in the House of Lords as a Scottish Representative Peer from 1807 to 1853. His nephew, the eighteenth Lord, was a Scottish Representative Peer from 1859 to 1866. His son, the nineteenth Lord, and grandson, the twentieth Lord, were also Scottish Representative Peers, between 1890 and 1933 and 1935 and 1963, respectively. As of 2017 the title is held by the latter's daughter, the twenty-first Lady Saltoun. She is head of the Frasers of Philorth and also one of the ninety elected hereditary peers that remain in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999.

It has recently been determined that Margaret Abernethy, 10th Lady Saltoun, succeeded her brother, Alexander Abernethy, 9th Lord Saltoun, in 1668, but only survived him by about six weeks and had not previously been counted in the title's numbering. This new information has resulted in the ordinals in subsequent Lords Saltoun being revised. As a result, the later heirs to the title are often referenced with the incorrect numbering.

The family seat is Inverey House, near Braemar, Aberdeenshire.

Lords Saltoun (1445)[edit]

The heiress presumptive is the present holder's daughter Katharine Ingrid Mary Isabel Fraser, Mistress of Saltoun (born 1957).[fn 1]
The heir presumptive's heir apparent is her son Alexander William Malise Fraser (born 1990) who acted as Page of Honour to Queen Elizabeth II.[fn 1]

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  1. ^ a b c Lady Saltoun, Katherine Fraser, and Alexander Fraser's surnames would all not normally be "Fraser." However, because they are in line to be (or are already) the Chief of the name and arms of Fraser, their surnames have been recognized by the Lord Lyon King of Arms to be "Fraser."