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Russell Crowe reveals he is related to Scottish Jacobite Simon Fraser, the 11th Lord Lovat | Ents & Arts News

Russell Crowe reveals he is related to Scottish Jacobite Simon Fraser, the 11th Lord Lovat | Ents & Arts News

Hollywood star Russell Crowe has revealed he is the distant relative of a notorious Jacobite lord who was the last man to be executed by beheading in Britain. The Oscar-winning Gladiator actor has been exploring his ancestry, and while he knew he had Scottish heritage, he recently discovered he is related to Simon Fraser, the 11th Lord Lovat – known as the Old Fox. Known for his scheming plots and switching sides to and fro between the government and Jacobite causes, his clan was eventually among those defeated at the battle of Culloden in 1746 and he was executed the following year. Fans of the Outlander novels and TV series will recognise him as the grandfather of lead character Jamie Fraser, played by Sam Heughan. On X, Crowe said he had begun by trying to trace his Italian roots, something made difficult by “folkloric family tales and misspelling”. He discovered his great-great-grandfather Luigi Ghezzi had moved to New Zealand in 1864 after meeting Mary Ann Curtain in Cape Town. The 59-year-old actor added that John …