Angus Fraser was born born perhaps 1800 in Inverness, to Captain Simon Fraser (b. 1773). An illegitimate child, Angus used his father's surname from around the age of fourteen when he joined the army, in Edinburgh, in 1814. His military career lasted some 31 years, much of it served with the 1st Royal Scots from 1832. His highest rank was Colour Sergeant. Although he learned several tunes as a child, it was during the period with the Royal Scots that he became interested in music and acquired his theoretical knowledge. He discharged from the army, with a pension, in 1845, and returned to Inverness living at the family home at 25 Rose Street. Angus Fraser died on 4 February 1870.