Simon Fraser, 16th Lord Lovat

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The Lord Lovat
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Coat of Arms of Lord Lovat
BornSimon Fraser
(1977-02-13) 13 February 1977 (age 42)
PredecessorSimon Fraser, 15th Lord Lovat
HeirHon. Jack Fraser, Master of Lovat
ParentsSimon Fraser, Master of Lovat

Simon Christopher Joseph Fraser, 16th Lord Lovat and 5th Baron Lovat (born 13 February 1977) has been the chief of Clan Fraser of Lovat since the death of his grandfather in 1995.


While legally being 16th Lord Lovat, he is commonly referred to as the 18th Lord, and also as the 25th MacShimidh (Gaelic: "son of Simon"), the traditional title of the Chiefs of Clan Fraser.

Early life[edit]

Lord Lovat is the son of Simon Fraser, Master of Lovat and his wife, Virginia (née Grose). He is the grandson of the 15th Lord Lovat. He has two older sisters, Violet (b. 1972) and Honor (b. 1973) and one younger brother, Jack (b. 1984). Honor Fraser is a former fashion model.

Simon attended Harrow School, and graduated from the University of Edinburgh.

Whilst still at Harrow, he assumed the title of Lord Lovat on the death of his grandfather in 1995. His father Simon (then Master of Lovat and heir to the title) had died the previous year whilst riding on a hunt at the family's Beaufort estate. Unfortunately, he had run up considerable debts, and in order to pay these as well as inheritance tax, his son was obliged to sell Beaufort Castle. [1]

He lost his seat in the House of Lords in 1999, when the government excluded most hereditary peers from the House.

Later life[edit]

Lovat became a stockbroker, and worked for a time in Geneva before moving to London. He currently works as a commodities analyst.

He has voiced his determination to buy back his family's estate and ancestral home. He maintains a residence near his old ancestral seat, and over the past two decades he has been involved in opposition to development plans he considers unsympathetic to the local environment. This includes an attempt to redevelop the Beaufort estate into a luxury golf and housing development (a proposal withdrawn in 2006), as well as electricity pylons proposed for the area (which were subsequently built).[2]

He married Petra Palumbo on 14 May 2016, at St Stephen Walbrook, a church in London. She is the daughter of Peter Palumbo, Baron Palumbo.[2]



  1. ^ Cowing, Emma (24 October 2015). "Can Petra beat the curse of the Lovats?". Scottish Daily Mail. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b Cowing, Emma (24 October 2015). "Can Petra beat the curse of The Lovats?". Scottish Daily Mail. Retrieved 25 October 2017.

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
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1995 – present
Peerage of Scotland
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Lord Lovat
1995 – present
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
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Baron Lovat
1995 – present