JOHN FRASER. Prisoner Newgate, Bass,
Dunnottar, “Henry & Francis”, America, and return.
Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae, H Scott (1915) rev
vol 7 p 26 Alness, 1695
JOHN FRASER of Pitcalzean;
during the reign of Charles II. suffered great hardships on account of the
stand he took against the Episcopal government of the Church. He was
imprisoned at Newgate and was afterwards sent to Dunnottar Castle. In
Sept. 1685 he was banished by the Scottish Privy Council to the American
Plantations, where after a voyage of seventeen weeks he landed at New
Jersey; licen. to preach in New England, and took charge of a congregation
at Woodbury, Conn..
He returned to Scotland at the Revolution and was ord. to Glencorse 23rd
Dec. 1691. As a Gaelic speaker he was app. by the General Assembly to
supply in Ross, Sutherland, and Caithness, and trans, and adm. here 6th
Nov. 1695; died 7th Nov. 1711, aged about 53. He marr. in America, Jean,
daugh. of James Moffat, farmer, Netherbarngs (on the Selkirkshire side of
the Tweed, opposite Abbotsford). She had suffered persecution like
himself, survived him and marr. (2) George Gordon, min. of Cromarty), and
had issue John, a youth of high promise, died 9th June 1712; James, min.
of this parish; Catherine (marr. John MArthur, min. of Logie-Easter);