Name: James Arthur Fraser
Life dates: 1855-c 1911
James Arthur Fraser was the eldest son of Hugh Fraser and Jane Bunting. On Hugh Fraser's death in 1873, James Arthur, then eighteen, was immediately assumed as a partner to manage his father's business, Fraser & McLaren, alongside his father's partner, Alexander McLaren, and his father's trustees. In 1894, following a court case in which David and Matthew Fraser, the two youngest sons of Hugh Fraser, unsuccessfully contested the transfer of the company, renamed Fraser Sons & Co in 1875, to James Arthur and his brothers John and Hugh, the existing co-partnership was dissolved and the three brothers commenced in business as sole partners. In 1909, Fraser Sons & Co was registered as a private company and James Arthur, together with Hugh and John, were appointed directors.
James Arthur retired on grounds of ill health in February 1906. He died in about 1911.
Moss, Michael and Turton, Alison, A Legend of Retailing: House of Fraser, London 1989
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