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Angus & Evan Fraser

In 1811 Angus Fraser was in Berbice, in partnership with his brother Evan Fraser [died 1830] but by the following year had moved to Demerara, where the two opened an establishment in Cumingsburgh, importing and exporting a variety of goods.

On Tuesday the 5th instant, by Order of Evan and Angus Fraser, at their stores, in Cumingsburgh - a consignment of Choice Madeira Wine, received by the Diana, and a few casks of Claret. Also to close sales - fish, salmon, mackarel, herrings, a few pieces of coffee bagging and what further may appear on the day of sale.

Angus Fraser still retained interests in Berbice and in 1813 plantation Kiltearn, owned by Gilbert Robertson, was sequestrated when Fraser moved to recover debts due to him [London Gazette].

Angus Fraser, of Fort William, was one of three men from the north of Scotland drowned on 20 April 1814, when a schooner, the Eagle, was wrecked in Guyana. His death was reported in the Inverness Courier.

July 1.― News was received of the loss of a schooner on the west coast of Berbice, with nearly all on board. Among those drowned were Charles Mackintosh, of Dochgarroch; Angus Fraser, of Fort-William, and a Mr Duncan, from Moray-shire. From a subsequent notice it appears that the last-mentioned was William Duncan, merchant, Berbice. Angus Fraser was a merchant in Demerara.

Northern Highlands in the 19th century

He was probably the same Angus Fraser who, is December 1813, was granted permisssion to bring fifteen slave carpenters to Demerara from Berbice, acting in his capacity as one of the attornies for a Robert Lowrie. [Dutch Series Guyana » Inventaris nr. AO.1.1B]

Berbice Gazette, 30 April 1814

That Evan and Angus were brothers is confirmed by a notice in the Berbice Gazette 28 May 1814. In 1822 Evan Fraser was the owner of plantations Ridge and Pleasing Hope in Demerara. At this date he owed £14,000 to John Campbell snr & Co of Glasgow and £6000 to Davidson, Barkly & Co of London. Fraser died 29 Feb 1830. [Report of Cases heard by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council]

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