Mrs. Alexander Fraser

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Mrs. Alexander Fraser

Caroline Rosetta Small (1829–1908), better known by the pen name Mrs. Alexander Fraser was a romance writer of Victorian era and the wife of General Alexander Fraser (1824–1898).

Caroline Rosetta Small was born in India on 10 February 1829 to English parents, Beaumont Dixie Small and Caroline Honora Pereira.[1] Her father, an assistant surgeon with the East India Company's Bengal Light Infantry, died unexpectedly in 1831.[1] Caroline's mother later married James Frushard on 1 March 1834.[2]

With the exception of two years spent studying in Paris, Caroline spent most of her youth in India.[3] On 11 March 1847 in India she married Alexander Fraser, at the time a Lieutenant in the Bengal Engineer Group.[2] Fraser went on to have a long career as a civil engineer building numerous railroads and lighthouses throughout India. The couple had two sons, Alexander Bruce Siddons Fraser (1847–1933) and Campbell Edward Fraser (1850–1926), both born in India.[2]

Caroline's writing career appears to have coincided with the breakdown of her marriage. By the 1871 British Census, Caroline was living alone with her widowed mother and sons in England. English civil records indicate that Caroline applied unsuccessfully for a legal separation in 1867 and again in 1885.[2] General Fraser returned to England, living independently with a second family, including son Bruce Austin Fraser, 1st Baron Fraser of North Cape (1888–1981).[2]

Caroline died in Steyning, Sussex, England in 1908.[4]

Partial listing of published works[edit]

  • Faithless
  • Not While She Lives (1870)
  • Denison's Wife (1872)
  • Guardian and Lover (1876)
  • Her Plighted Troth (1876)
  • A Thing of Beauty (1877)
  • A Maddening Blow (1878)
  • A Fatal Passion (1879)
  • False Hearts and True (1879)
  • Her Deserts (1881)
  • A Professional Beauty (1882)
  • A Fashionable Marriage (1883)
  • Guardian and Lover (1883)
  • A Peeress of 1882, and Other Stories (1883)
  • Only A Face, and Other Tales (1883)
  • The Match of the Season (1885)
  • The Last Drawing Room (1886)
  • A Leader of Society (1887)
  • Daughters of Belgravia (1887)
  • She Came Between: A Love Story (1887)
  • A Leader in Society (1887)
  • Purple and Fine Linen (1889)
  • Lady Claud (1889)
  • The New Duchess (1890)
  • A Modern Bridegroom (1892)
  • A Mayfair Tragedy (1894)


  1. ^ a b Metcalfe, Susanne. Henry Beaumont Small and Henrietta Falle, To Canada 10 Oct 1853, Toronto. Toronto, Canada, North York Public Library. p. 2. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Clan Fraser". Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Black, Helen C. (1893). Notable Women Authors of the Day. Glasgow, Scotland: David Bryce and Son. pp. 234–246. 
  4. ^ Fraser, Caroline Rosetta. "All England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index: 1837-1915". Oct-Nov-Dec 1908. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 

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