Patrick Allan- Fraser was born in Arbroath, the son of a weaving merchant. He gave up commerce and embarked on an artistic career.
Patrick married the young widow Elizabeth Baker of Hospitalfield and embarked on a programme of managing the estate, reversing his wife’s fortunes. An enthusiast for the arts and crafts movement, Allan- Fraser remodelled Hospitalfield into one of the finest 19th century country houses in Scotland.
He lies buried in the Mortuary Chapel of his own design in Arbroath’s Western Cemetery. Hospitalfield later became an art school, at Patrick’s and Elizabeth’s bequest.
Dedicated to contemporary art and ideas, Hospitalfield House is now a place to visit, learn and enjoy. The beautiful gardens are a must visit.