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.
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.
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).