FRASER, James Drummond

1848 - 1924

James Drummond Fraser was born at Cumbrae, Bute, Scotland on 23 August 1848, son of John Fraser and his wife Jane Wishart née Latta. In 1871, a 22-year-old dental assistant living at 69 High Street, High Church Paisley, Renfrewshire with his 19-year-old brother John Hendry Fraser, a pastrycook and confectioner. James must have moved south as he married at Stowmarket, Suffolk in 1879, Sarah Ann Tricker (1854-19 April 1935) and in 1881, a ‘registered dental assistant’ living at Kelburne Lodge, North Hill Road, Ipswich with his 26-year-old wife Sarah and their 4-month-old daughter Gertrude Jean, who was born at Ipswich. A member of Ipswich Art Club 1879-1905 and exhibited from Kelburne Lodge in 1881, four oils two entitled ‘The Baron’s Keep, Lesser Cranbrae’, 'Arran, from the Island of Cambrae' and 'Inversmaid Falls, Loch Lomond', in 1882 'Morning, Gainsborough Lane' and 'Millport, West Bay', in 1883 'The Lion Rock, Island of Cambrae', 'In the Woods, Holywells' and two drawings 'Tinty Falls, Isle of Cambrae' and 'On the Orwell, in 1890 ‘Harwich Harbour’, in 1900 ‘Arran from Cumbrae’, in 1901 ‘Gateway, Carisbroke Castle’, in 1902 'Prince Charles's Last Resting Place' and 'Nairn Fishing Boats, 'Lonely Shore', exhibiting over forty works 1881-1902, mostly oil landscapes. In 1901, the family were still living at Kelburne Lodge in Ipswich with the four surviving of their six children, Gertrude Jean 20, John 18 and Florence Mabel 15 and James Moore (1886-1905), all Ipswich born, they are sometimes referred to as Frazer. James Fraser died at Ipswich on 9 March 1924, aged 75, leaving a widow.