Anderson Clan History: The surname Anderson along with MacAndrew (son of Andrew) and Gillanders (servant of St Andrew) is common throughout Scotland particularly in the Lowlands and the North East. The Highland form MacAndrew is thought to be connected with the Clan Anrias, a sept of Clan Ross who were also associated with the Clan Chattan. It is therefore difficult to establish a common ancestor. The earliest mention of the name appears to be in the thirteen century where, in 1296, David le fiz Andreu, burgess of Peebles and Duncan fiz Andreu of Dumfries took an oath of fealty along with many others, often reluctantly, to Edward I of England during the Wars of Independence.
Places of Interest: Candacraig House, Strathdon: former residence of Billy Connolly, Scottish comedian and actor.
Surname distribution in Scotland: The Anderson name is most commonly found in Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire ( includes historic county of Kincardineshire and part of Banffshire), Moray, Shetland, Angus (Forfarshire), Dundee City and the Scottish Borders (formed from Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire, Selkirkshire and part of Midlothian).