Lord Fraser of Allander

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Hugh Fraser (Lord Fraser of Allander) 1903 - 1966 was a retailing entrepreneur. He was Chairman and Managing Director of the House of Fraser from 1926 latterly including Arnotts (1936), Binns (1953) and Harrods (1959).

Other business interests

Fraser was also Chairman of George Outram and Co., publishers of the Glasgow Herald from 1964, Chairman and Managing Director of Scottish and Universal Investments from 1948, and Chairman of John Barker and Co. Ltd from 1957.[1]


In 1960 Fraser's son Hugh Fraser set up the Hugh Fraser Foundation


Fraser was appointed a peer in 1964. In 1966 he died at his home in Mugdock (near Glasgow), which he had purchased from James Graham, the 6th Duke of Montrose, in 1945. The island of Iona was given to the National Trust for Scotland by his son in Fraser's memory (1979).

Class warrior

Fraser was a class conscious business leader and on his death in 1966 was the Scottish President of the Economic League.[2] From 1965 he was National Treasurer of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.[3]

Neoliberal think tank

In 1975 the University of Strathclyde established a think tank named after Fraser, the Fraser of Allander Institute with a grant from the Hugh Fraser Foundation.


  1. As listed in Who Was Who, 1961-1970, p. 398.
  2. As listed in the Economic League Forty Sixth Annual Review, 1966.
  3. As listed in Who Was Who, 1961-1970, p. 399.