Alice M. Lovat
Alice M. Lovat (1846-1938)
Alice Mary Weld-Blundell Fraser Lovat (Baroness, Lady Lovat)
Alice was born on 1 March 1846 in London, England. She was the daughter of Thomas Weld Blundell, a magistrate, and Teresa Vaughan. Alice had a very privileged upbringing, her family lived in a stately home known as Ince Blundell Hall.
When Alice was five, she lived with her mother and father, five siblings, a governess, a butler, a housekeeper, a house-maid, a nurse, two nurse-maids, two laundry-maids, two ladies-maids, a kitchen maid, a dairy maid, a footman, a groom and two gardeners.
At the age of 20, Alice married Simon Fraser, Master of Lovat, on 14 November 1866, in the chapel at Ince Blundell. Nine years later, her husband succeeded his father as the thirteenth Lord Lovat. They built and lived in the elaborate Beaufort Castle in Inverness-shire, Scotland.
Together, Alice and Simon had nine children: Simon (who died at age 1), Mary Laura, Alice, Simon Joseph, Ethel, Hugh, Alastair, Margaret, and Muriel Mary Rose.
Alice's husband, Baron Simon Fraser, purchased an old military fort, Fort Augustus, and presented the land to the Church for a Benedictine Abbey to be built and organized. David Hunter Blair took a great interest in this new Abbey and he eventually became Librarian of the Abbey Library and Headmaster of the Abbey School. He took the name Oswald as his religious name. The relationship between Oswald, the Abbey, and the Lord and Lady Lovat explains the signature in the UPEI Provenance copy of, Henry the Third and the Church:
Rev’d Oswald Hunter Blair with the aff’ate regards of Alice M. Lovat. Xmas-day 1905.
In 1887, Alice's husband, Simon, passed away and the inscription certainly indicates that the friendship between Alice and Oswald, remained long after her husbands passing. Certainly, Alice's great faith was only strengthened by this friendship.
At her husband's death, Alice became the official guardian of her sixteen year old son, Simon Joseph, the next Lord Lovat.
After her son took on the title of 14th Lord Lovat, Alice spent her time living between Beaufort Castle, in Scotland, and 38 Grosvenor Gardens, London, England.
Her youngest daughter, Muriel Mary Rose, became a nun with the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. In fact, Alice wrote a book titled, “Life of the venerable Louise de Marillac (Mademoiselle le Gras) foundress of the company of Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul”.
She wrote numerous biographies and religious works including, “The Life of St. Teresa”, “The Marvels of Divine Grace”, “Mere Marie Eugenie, Foundress of the Assumption Nuns”, “The Life of Sir Frederick Weld”, “Clare Vaughan”, “The Catholic Church from Within”, “The Life of Pere Etienne Pernet”, and “A Highland Bishop: The Rt. Rev. Aeneas Chrisholm”.
On 27 October 1914, Alice lost her son, Hugh, in the war. He was killed in action, as Major Hugh Fraser, at the Battle of Ypres. In fact, only one of her four sons, Alastair, outlived her.
In 1917, Alice joined the Visitation Convent at Harrow-on-the-Hill in North West London and took the name Sister Mary Juliana. She was 70 years old.
Alice died at the Convent on 3 June 1938, at the age of ninety-two.
“Obituaries: The Dowager Lady Lovat", The Tablet, 11 June 1938, p.28.