Simon Fraser, the present 18th Lord Lovat and 25th MacShimidh was educated at Harrow School and at Edinburgh University.
Following his graduation, he started his career in investment banking at Cazenove and today works as a commodity analyst for a large French Asset Management company. This involves much traveling, visiting mines and oil companies all over the world and, at this stage in his career, leaves him little time to return to his homelands.
Simon became Clan Chief at the age of 18 on the death of his grandfather, Shimi Lovat.
The same year the family found they had to sell the Clan seat, Beaufort Castle, to cover death duties following the death of his father. Since then, over a period of 20 years, whenever possible he has been buying back Lovat lands and has clearly stated that, one day, he would like to buy back the castle.
From the moment he became Clan Chief, Simon has been very active in all the varied Clan activities. He strongly believes in harboring the goodwill surrounding the Lovat family, its rich history and its connections with the people of the Aird.
Despite having to be away on business much of the time, he supports many of the Clan connected organizations such as the Clan Fraser centre in Beauly and the Lovat shinty teams and he remains close to the communities of Beauly and Kiltarlity.
Participating in clan and association events overseas is something he really enjoys, attending gatherings of the Clan Fraser in Canada and California where he retains strong links.
Recently he has been guest of honor at the South Carolina Highland Games and has inspected the troops of the 78th Fraser Highlanders in Toronto as their Colonel-in-Chief.
He is also a keen supporter of the Clan Fraser derived pipe bands such as the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band in Vancouver and the 78th Fraser Highlander Pipe Band, both of which are past winners of the World Pipe Championships.