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Hugh Frasers Wedding (clip)

Celebrity wedding from 1962

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A narrated, professionally made record of Hugh Fraser's wedding to Miss Patricia Bowie at St. Mary's Cathedral, Great Western Road, Glasgow and then reception at Sir Hugh and Lady Fraser's home at Mugdock. This wedding is an expensive, luxurious affair and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves. There is no footage of the actual wedding ceremony - only exterior shots of the Cathedral and footage from the lavish reception.

Questions & Activities


  • Who was Sir Hugh Fraser and what was he famous for?
  • Why do you think his wedding was filmed by a professional film production company?
  • Where do you think the film would have been screened?
  • Who do you think would be the modern equivalent of Sir Hugh Fraser in Glasgow?
  • Where is St Mary'€™s Cathedral and how many cathedrals are there in Glasgow?


English: Discuss how reports in magazines like 'Hello' and 'OK' are constructed and what types of Aristotlean dramatic techniques are used to build a sense of drama and suspense around the occasion. Then write a contemporary report of a celebrity wedding. Focus on the reasons why the person/people became famous and try to make the reader as emotionally engaged in the event as possible.

Modern Studies / Media Studies: In his day, Sir Hugh Fraser was considered a celebrity. Complete a research project into what 'celebrity'€™ means and how it is portrayed in the media. Compare celebrity then with celebrity now.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-453-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 5032
Date 1962
Genre Documentary, Social Documentary
School Subject Modern Studies, Media Studies, Social Studies, English
Who Patricia Bowie (bride), Sir Hugh Fraser (groom), Templar Film Studios (production company)
Where Glasgow, Milngavie, Mugdock
Event Wedding
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 5:28
Film Length 13:26