William Fraser, 1st Baron Strathalmond, CBE (3 November 1888 – 1 April 1970), was a Scottish businessman and a leading expert on the oil industry. He served as chairman of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (known as British Petroleum from 1954) from 1941 to 1956.

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The Fraser's family grave at Putney Vale Cemetery, London, in 2015
The Fraser's family grave at Putney Vale Cemetery, London, in 2015


Fraser was the second son of William Fraser, of Glasgow, the founder of the Pumpherston Oil Company, and his wife Janet Loch. He joined his father's firm in 1909 and became a director in 1913 and joint managing director in 1915. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1918 for his work in increasing oil supply during the First World War.[1] Fraser joined the board of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company in 1923. He became deputy chairman (to John Cadman) in 1928, and played a great role in expanding the oil production in Iran, Iraq and Kuwait, becoming known as a leading expert on Middle East oil. In 1941 he succeeded Cadman as chairman, a post he retained until 1956 (the firm was renamed the British Petroleum Company in 1954). Fraser was also an adviser on oil affairs to the British government for many years, notably as petroleum adviser to the War Office and as chairman of the Oil Advisory Committee.[2]


After being appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1918, Fraser was knighted in 1939[3] and in 1955 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Strathalmond, of Pumpherston in the County of Midlothian.[4]

Marriage & Children

Lord Strathalmond married Mary Roberton McLintock (born 11 April 1892, died 17 October 1963), daughter of Thomas McLintock, in 1913. They had one son and one daughter:[5]

Lord Strathalmond died in April 1970, aged 81. He was succeeded in the barony by his only son, William.

He is buried at Putney Vale Cemetery in South West London.


Coat of arms of William Fraser, 1st Baron Strathalmond
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In front of a bezant gutte d'huile a stag's head erased Proper.
Tierce in pairle Azure Gules and Sable cinquefoils Or.
Dexter a pheasant sinister a grouse Proper.[6]


  1. ^ "No. 30730". The London Gazette (Supplement). 7 June 1918. p. 6689.
  2. ^ Scottishshale.co.uk. Notable figures: Sir William Fraser
  3. ^ "No. 34633". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 1939. p. 3852.
  4. ^ "No. 40410". The London Gazette. 18 February 1955. p. 1008.
  5. ^ The Peerage, entry for 1st Lord Strathalmond
  6. ^ Debrett's Peerage. 2019. p. 4488.
Peerage of the United Kingdom New creation Baron Strathalmond 1955–1970 Succeeded byWilliam Fraser