Clement-Jones family v2/21 - Person Sheet
Clement-Jones family v2/21 - Person Sheet
NameSir Hugh FRASER, 2297
Death1984
MotherHon Laura LISTER , 512 (1892-1965)
Spouses
ChildrenBenjamin , 14934
 Damian , 14935
 Orlando , 14936
 Rebecca , 14937
 Flora , 14938
 Natasha , 14939
Notes for Sir Hugh FRASER
Fraser was a younger son of the 14th Lord Lovat and a prominent Roman Catholic.

He was educated at Ampleforth College and Balliol College, Oxford, where he was President of the Oxford Union, and at the Sorbonne. He was commissioned into the Lovat Scouts in 1936 and during World War II saw service in North Africa and Europe; he retired in the 1950s with the rank of Major.

Political career

Fraser was elected Member of Parliament for Stone in 1945, later Stafford and Stone following constituency boundary changes, from 1950 until 1983, and then Stafford again until his death. He served as an MP continuously from 1945 until 1984 but did not become Father of the House as he was sworn in as an MP on 15 August 1945 while James Callaghan had been sworn in on 2 August 1945 and so he, rather than Fraser, became Father following the 1983 election. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Oliver Lyttelton (1951–54), a junior minister in the War Office (1958–60) and Colonial Office (1960–62), and Secretary of State for Air (1962–64). He was an unsuccessful candidate in the Conservative Party's 1975 leadership election, gaining 16 votes in the first round challenging incumbent Edward Heath, with the leadership eventually being won by Margaret Thatcher, who went on to become prime minister with a general election win in 1979 and was in power for 11 years, winning three consecutive general elections, before resigning in November 1990.
[edit]Private life

Fraser married the future author Lady Antonia Pakenham, daughter of the Earl and Countess of Longford, on 25 September 1956. They had six children, Benjamin Fraser, Damian Fraser, Orlando Fraser, Rebecca Fraser, Flora Fraser and Natasha Fraser. In 1975, while she was still married to Fraser, Lady Antonia Fraser met and started living with playwright Harold Pinter, who was also married at the time. The Frasers divorced in 1977; Lady Antonia married Pinter in 1980 when his divorce became final.

Sir Hugh and Lady Antonia, together with Caroline Kennedy who was visiting at the time, were intended targets of an IRA car bomb on 23 October 1975. The bomb had been fitted to one of the Fraser's cars outside their house at Campden Hill Square, London, SW8. The well-respected cancer researcher Prof. Gordon Hamilton-Fairley was walking past the car when he noticed something attached to its underside. Leaning against the car triggered an anti-tamper device and the bomb exploded prematurely, killing Hamilton-Fairley immediately. The Frasers, their nanny (who was just arriving for work) and 6 others escaped with shock and minor cuts.

Sir Hugh Fraser died from lung cancer in March 1984, aged 66.
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