The Armiger is a Knight
of the Equestrian Order of Saint Gregory the Great (Vatican State
Knighthood, 2006); Order ‘Pro Merito Melitensi’ (Order of Malta
-Silver Medal, 2012); The Military & Hospitaller Order of Saint
Lazarus of Jerusalem (Officer, 2015), Heraldic Artist, Genealogist,
Associate Fellow of the International Association of Amateur
Heralds. Founder & Chairman of the "Anderson Association," Highland
Piper (1st Battalion Scots Guards, 2013-15)
On 2nd April 1526, James Anderson was appointed Carrick Pursuivant of Arms at the Court of the Lord Lyon. This James is claimed as ancestor of the Andersons of Arbrake and Kinneddar. In the 1566 Workman MS of Lord Lyon Forman, arms are recorded for Anderson of that Ilk (Argent a saltire engrailed Gules between a mullet in chief and three crescents in the flanks and base Sable) and it is claimed that James Anderson was recognised as representer of the race and clan.
The earliest sculptured arms used by the armiger’s Anderson forebears (Argent a saltire between three stars in chief & flanks and a crescent in base Gules) was used by the Andersons of Bruntstane and Dumbennan by Huntly from around 1600. This formed the pattern of many coats used by Andersons in the north-east of Scotland.
Through Gordon intermarriages, descendants of this family adapted their arms, in allusion to these connections (Argent a saltire engrailed between two stars in chief and base Gules and two boars heads erased in the flanks Azure), which were recorded in Lyon Register in 1673 - Vol. 1, fol. 239 for Anderson of Ardbrake & Westerton, co. Banff. The current representer now lives in South Africa.
The Andersons of Kinneddar, co. Elgin (settled there in 1691), were a junior scion of the Ardbrake line and later recorded a differenced version of these arms (Argent a saltire Azure between three molets in chief & flanks and a crescent in base Sable) at the Lyon Court in 1992 - Vol. 73, fol. 78.archives.