Remembering Lord Fraser

Lord Fraser.
Lord Fraser.

Friends and colleagues gathered for a special memorial service on Friday to honour the life of Lord Fraser of Carmyllie.

Lord Fraser, a lawyer and a prominent Conservative, died suddenly last month aged 68.

And on Friday friends from across the political spectrum attended a service of thanksgiving at Dundee Parish Church (St Mary’s).

Among those attending were Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Sir Menzies Campbell and Lord George Foulkes as well as current Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson.

And paying tribute to him during the service was Lord Cameron of Lochbroom and former Conservative party chairman, the Marquess of Lothian, Michael Ancram.

Peter Fraser was elected as a Conservative MP for Angus in 1979 and he remained in the House of Commons until June, 1987.

In 1982 he was appointed Solicitor-General for Scotland by Margaret Thatcher and became Lord Advocate in 1989, when he was made a life peer and a member of the Privy Council.

During his time as Lord Advocate, he had ultimate responsibility for the Pan Am 103 Lockerbie investigation.

In June, 2003, Lord Fraser was invited by the First Minister of the Scottish Executive to head an inquiry into the cost over-run of the new Scottish Parliament at Holyrood.

More recently, he has also spoke out over the move by Angus Council to move Arbroath Library into the general fund from the town’s Common Good fund.

And Ms Davidson described him as an intelligent, incisive, articulate and passionate man.

Lord Fraser is survived by his wife, Lady Fiona Fraser, DL, two daughters, Jane Nurse and Katie Fraser, and a son, Jamie Fraser.

There are also seven grandchildren.