C L A N   A N D E R S O N
An Ancient Historical Scottish Armigerous Clan
In 1782, when the laws were finally repealed following this lengthy period of repression, there was a resurgence of Scottish nationalism and much effort was made to restore the spirit and culture of the Highlands. A great deal was achieved through the encouragment of the newly formed Highland Societies in London (1778) and Edinburgh (1780).
Thanks to the personal planning of Sir Water Scott, the 1822 visit of King George IV to Edinburgh was to see Highland Chiefs being persuaded to attend the levee and other functions, all attired in their Clan tartans (although some did not attend). Almost overnight tartan became popular and families, who probably had never before worn tartan (and hated the Highlanders) became the proud possessors of family Tartans. This, along with Sir Walter’s romanticism of Tartan in his novels, was to promote the idea that Clan and Tartan were effectively synonymous.
Another great boost to tartan came from Queen Victoria and her Consort, Prince Albert. They fell in love with Balmoral - the Royal residence on Deeside in Scotland - and with tartan and all things Highland. Prince Albert designed the now world famous Balmoral tartan and they bedecked room after room with it, further consolidating the Victorians' romanticised view of the 'noble' Highlander.

Here's to it!
The fighting sheen of it,
The yellow, the green of it,
The white, the blue of it,
The swing, the hue of it,
The dark, the red of it,
Every thread of it.
The fair have sighed for it,
The brave have died for it,
Foemen sought for it,
Heroes fought for it.
Honour the name of it,
Drink to the fame of it -

(Murdoch MacLean)  

Over the last fifty years or so tartan has developed into a multi-million pound industry. Today tartan holds a unique place in the annuals of textile history and has come to symbolise, along with the kilt and bagpipes, the cultural identity of the whole Scottish nation.
One thing Murdoch MacLean forgot in his poem was –‘Be Proud of It’

ANDERSON TARTANS                           
The Clans and Families of Scotland have long been proud of their distinct heritage and cultural identity which has often expressed itself in the nature of the garb worn by the Highlanders of old.  Today, tartan is synonymous with, and at the very heart of Scottish culture and is present in all manner of situations where Scots would wish to display their heritage.  Whether it be in the wearing of the kilt, tartan skirt, shawl, plaid, or any other form, the tartan is at the fore.  It is not easy to state with certainty just when specific tartan patterns became associated with particular Clans or Families. It remains a tradition shrouded in the mists of time, which has become generally accepted during the last two or three centuries.  In the early 19th century, there was a great upsurge of interest in tartan due in part to the visit in 1822 to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, by King George IV, mostly stage managed by Sir Walter Scott.  This led to many Highland Chiefs adopting patterns (or setts) as a Clan tartan.  It was in these times that the emergence of Anderson tartan setts first appeared with the recording in 1815 of a pattern by “The Royal Highland Society of London.”
There is little evidence that Wilson's Tartans had anything whatsoever to do with any ancient regional or pre-1746 patterns. Apart from a few, the Tartans worn at the Battles of Sheriffmuir or Culloden have almost all been lost forever. In 1816 an attempt was made to match Clan to 'true' Tartan. Many setts were gathered but these had more to do with regimental uniforms together with Wilson's successful marketing, than any older patterns.  But the idea that Tartan and Clan were inexorably coupled had become firmly established.
Wilson & Sons. No 190 - 1819
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