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Private Fotheringham Fraser (1790.......1858)


Back To . . . Surnames 1st Veterans Company Regiment of Foot : Sydney 1826 - 1833

  • Born : 29 March 1790
  • Where Born : St Andrews Fife Scotland
  • Baptised : 1 april 1790 at St Andrews & St Leonard's Fife.
  • Occupation : Soldier / Shepherd.
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  • Date Arrived : Shoalheven before 1858.
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  • Rank on Discharge : Private
  • Regiment Prior to Royal Veterans: 75th Regiment of Foot on 10 May 1811
  • Demobbed : Gibraltar 31 July 1822
  • Date Re-enlisted ; 16 April 1828
  • Where Enlisted :
  • Date of Discharge : 1832
  • Where Discharged : Sydney
  • Died : murdered 22 April 1858
  • Where Died / Buried : Berry Estate
  • Parents Names : John Fraser (b.......d.) and Elizabeth McDonald (b.......d.)
  • Spouse's Name : Mary CHRISTIE
  • Date Married : circa 1814
  • Where Married :
  • Born : 14 June 1797
  • Where Born : Arbrouth Angus Scotland
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  • Died : 29 October 1879
  • Where Died / Buried : Broughton Creek now Berry
  • Spouse's Parents : James Christie (b.......d.)& Ann Coupar (Couper).(b.......d.)
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  • Descendants
    Information Supplied by Pam Hayes Mrs Pam Hayes
    Area Settled :
    Children :
    1 . 1-8 before 1829.
    9 Euphemina M.B born 24/7/1829 Windsor NSW, died 10/7/1899 Berry. Married 10/8/1845 Bundanoon to James Norris.
    10 Mary Field b. 18/3/1832 (?) Liverpool, NSW. Died 30/5/1874, Berry. Married Thomas Williams k/a Coxhead

    History & Achievements :

    Royal Veteran until 1832. Then Police Constable, dismissed 28 Jan 1833 for gross misconduct. Have copy of Memorial written by his wife to Lady Darling .  Don't know where the family was after this. FF murdered 1858 on Berry Estate working as shepherd. ( Fotheringham Fraser. Military Service Enlisted 10/5/1811 75th Regiment of Foot. Discharged in Sydney & renlisted 16/8/1828 to 1831. 1832 a  Royal Veteran. Chief Constable Lower Minto 1833-?. Dismissed for gross incompetence (details not known). Shepherd ?-1858. Murdered over a bottle of rum at Berry Estate. read newspaper account (Empire April 1858), see memorial written to Mrs. Darling by his wife Mary - from this it states they had 10 children only 3 living in 1831. Was also during his service a soldier on the "Hooghley".   Fotheringham enlisted in 75th Regiment of Foot 10/5/1811, demobbed in Gibraltar 31/7/1822. From PRO reel 3917 FF in No. 1 Company of NSW Royal Veterans joining from England 16/4/1828. From War Office film 921 page 114 (JCP) from 1854-1858 a pension paid to FF. Regiment was sent to Jamaica, West Indies in 1819. They lost 10 officers, 175 men & 65 women & children to cholera & yellow fever which could explain why onlt 3 children survived. They were then sent to Gibraltar where FF was discharged & repatriated home. Perhaps this is when he returned to England.   Soldier's Index 1806-1838 Chelsea Out Pensioners: 1822 FF, 75th Foot, Aged 32, born St. Andrew's, Fife. Mary Fraser nee Christie -- other spouse John Corah alias Ware. Euphemia Macdonald Baxter Fraser - occupation nurse. Other child not known.   In the December 1993 issue of the Society Journal, "Time traveller" there is the following article taken from the "Illawarra Mercury" dated April 1858.   "HORRIBLE MURDER... It was duty to record the particulars of a murder affected in a most savage manner. An enquiry was held today by Mr. de Mestre, the coroner, Dr. Menzies being too ill to attend, & I give in a narrative the substance of the deposition. The victim Fotheringham Frazer (sic), was an old soldier, about 60 years of age, in receipt of a pension. He was a man of upright carriage, good features, small hands & feet, with a kindly look. His hair was grey, his whiskers white. The supposed murderer, John Egan, has been a shepherd in Mr. Berry's employ, but left about St. Patrick's Day, having an attack of delirum tremens, from the effects of which he has scarcely recovered. Frazer & Egan were in company on Wednesday afternoon & Frazer awakened a neighbour, John Kennedy, to get him a quart of rum, & enquire at the post office for a letter he was expecting with his pension money. He gave him a one pound note to pay for the rum & told him to leave it at his shepherd's box (a sort of kennel on wheels, where the watchman sleeps at night). Kennedy having performed his errand, went to the watch-box, but Frazer was not there, he therefore took the rum home. It appears that after giving the message to Kennedy, Frazer & Egan went to Kennedy's next door neighbour, Thomas Ryan, who found them on coming in from his work, drinking from a square bottle. They stayed there till the bottle was finished, about 10 o'clock, when they went up to Kennedys. According to Kennedy's statement, he was retiring for the night & was handing the bottle of rum through the half open door, when Frazer pushed his way in followed by Egan. They then had a nobble apiece, but Egan had two glasses. Frazer refused to take the rum with him, & made signs to Kennedy to keep the change of the one pound note, as if  afraid of Egan seeing it. Frazer then went down to put his sheep in the hurdles & Egan stayed a few minutes at Kennedy's  begging for more grog, which Kennedy at last gave him, & then resisting further entreaty, led Egan towards Ryan's telling him to go to bed. Egan wemt to Ryan's & after a quarter of an hour, went out saying Frazer had grog up at Kennedy's & he must go to him. Ryan tried to keep him in, but he saidhe must go & help Frazer with the sheep, & would not be long gone. It was then about 11 o'clock. About that time Kennedy heard his dogs barking, & a man's voice as if talking to himself, concluding it to be Egan he dozed off, but was roused half an hour later, hearing the same barking & talking. About 12 o'clock Egan returned to Ryan's, said he he had seen Almighty God near the slip-panel, & after raving a little went to bed, saying his prayers first. About 11 o'clock, or a little after, Captain Craig of the Porpoise, who lives about 300 yards from Frazer,s box, heard Frazer's voice calling "Mr. Craig", & his own dog barking fearfully, but the noise ceased, & he slept unconcerned till morning. About 8 o'clock next morning Egan told Mr. Craig he had found Frazer dead in the paddock. Mr. Craig went to the body & sent Egan to tell Kennedy. Craig, Ryan & Kennedy observed that Egan's face was was as if it were scratched. Mr. Richards the solicitor, saw at once that it was blood, some of which had been smeared, if imperfectly washed. The constable discovered more blood on his temple, & near his eyes in small round spots as though spurted there; on the bosom of his striped shirt, was a well defined spot of fresh blood while a white substance, like brain on it. Egan was taken into custody on suspicion of having committed murder, & having denied it, says he did not go beyond Kennedy's slip-panel, although he said he was going to Frazer. The body was a sickening sight....Let us hope that after the first blow the poor fellow had ceased to feel. Egan was committed to trial." 

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