George Frazer - Deputy-auditor of Excise
Frazer was a sometime Deputy-auditor of Excise in Edinburgh. He had at least two children, one of whom, Andrew, was sometime Commissary at Dunkirk, France.1 Possibly married to Christian Paterson.
He appears to have also worked as an architect, who undertook several architectural works during the 1760s and 1770s including an enlargement of the Excise Office as well as contributing to the design of the original Edinburgh North Bridge.2
- 1. Boswell in Search of a Wife, entry September 25, 1769.
- 2. http://www.scottisharchitects.org.uk/architect_full.php?id=408023
Boswell mentions Frazer in his journal as early as October 28, 1762, when Boswell had breakfast at Frazer's home in Edinburgh. On January 12, 1767, Frazer dined with Boswell, and on January 20, 1768 "Mr. George Frazer and Mr. Orme drank tea and claret with me, consulting on a plan for Lochmaben manse."1 He is mentioned in the journals occasionally until his death on October 12, 1774, which Boswell described as "a striking circumstance to me, as I had known him long, and liked him much".2 Boswell describes all their meetings as pleasant.