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An Ancient Historical Scottish Armigerous Clan
Anderson Dress tartan
Anderson of Ardbrake tartan
Anderson of Kinneddar tartan
Anderson Modern tartan
A modern regular sett of “Anderson” can be seen here to the right, which embodies the classic ‘Anderson’ motif of a broad white stripe with two narrower yellow stripes grouped on black. The pale blue or azure ground can sometimes be seen as grey or even deep blue with many shades in between.  Nevertheless, this seven colour sett has been the mainstay for Andersons, MacAndrews and Gillanders throughout the majority of the twentieth century who wished to wear a tartan associated with their name.
To the right is seen the Anderson Dress Tartan which was based on an Anderson ‘Arisaid’ (ladies) tartan.  It is rarely seen or used as a true ‘dress’ tartan outside highland dance costumes.
The Anderson of Kinneddar tartan here to the left, was designed in 1974 by David Waterton-Anderson.  It involves just a switch of the pale blue and the green of the regular sett giving a ‘hunting’ feel to the design. It was woven by Lochcarron in Galashiels and was registered as a private family tartan.
Here to the left is the Anderson Modern tartan which has black ‘tramlines’ flanking some of the narrow red stripes.  This version first appeared in the “Coulson Bonnar” collection in the mid 20th century and is still widely available to this day.
At the right is the Anderson of Ardbrake tartan which is another design by David Waterton-Anderson, registered in 2006.  It has been woven in silk by ‘House of Tartan’ and by LochCarron in heavier kilt material and reflects the colours used by many families from the north-east of Scotland.
Anderson tartan
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Tartans ascribed to the name Anderson/MacAndrew, etc., are numerous, first appearing back in the 19th century.  A distinctive motive that features in most of these examples is a broad white stripe with two narrower yellow stripes on black that flank the main block of the sett.  This has been a recurring aspect of all the earlier Anderson tartans.  Strict uniformity in those days was not considered to be of paramount importance and many variations existed.  However, as time has gone on, the standardisation of setts has been guided by the weaving industry and today we enjoy a more controlled and regulated situation.

Up to the end of the first decade of the 21st century, there are some forty two versions of tartans ascribed to the name Anderson, several of which have their origins in the fashion industry.  Highlighted below are images of two tartans which have gradually become the standard seven colour versions of the ‘Anderson Tartan’ output amongst the current weaving mills, being notably, Lochcarron (Selkirk), House of Edgar (Pitlochry), Marton Mills (Otley), Geoffrey (Tailors) Ltd. (Edinburgh), Strathmore Woollen Mills.  An attractive six colour version is produced by MacNaughtons (Pitlochry).