The Clan has been around for hundreds of years. Though it is said there is no exact place of origin, the Kinrara manuscript contains details of a claim that the MacAndrews came to Badenoch from Moidart about 1400 AD.
Mostly blue, it is one of only a few Scottish tartans woven with seven colours, all others bearing no more than six colours. The distinctive and elaborate Anderson tartan can be found in many minor variations dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. The Highland Society of London began to collect specimens of tartans in 1815, but the Anderson sample appears to have been added at a later date, there being no reference to its place in the collection of early records.
This consists of a strap and buckle encircling an oak tree. The oak tree rests on the "wreath", which for the Andersons is a twisted strand of red and silver threads. The wreath has six loops, with silver and red in an alternating pattern. Silver is the first loop on the left side, and red is the last loop on the right side. All Andersons are entitled to wear the crest as a sign of being a clansman.
STAND SURE reflects the spirit of confidence of the Anderson Clan from a place of strength with the sturdy dependence of the oak tree.
Septs …. some of the divisions within the Anderson Clan
Anderson, Andrew, MacAndrew, MacCulloch, MacLulich, MacTaggart, MacTear, MacTier, MacTire, Taggart.
Interestingly, my birth father is an Anderson and my grandmother was a McTear !