Ancient Modern Clan Crest
Gaelic Name: Mac Ghille Aindrais
Clan Crest: An oak tree, Proper
Motto: Stand sure
Badge: An Oak Tree
Origin of Name: Son of Andrew
The name of ‘son of Andrew’ is widespread in Scotland in different forms. In the Highlands it was rendered as MacAndrew, more commonly in the lowlands as Anderson. They share the same Gaelic derivation of ‘Gilleaindreas’ – literally a servant of St. Andrew, Scotland’s patron saint. Though it is said there is no exact place of origin, the Kinrara manuscript contains details of a claim that the MacAndrews came to Badenoch from Moidart c.1400 The tales of the vengeance of Iain beg MacAindrea on cattle lifters who raided Badenoch may confirm this. However, there is no disputing the intellectual pedigree that his kin folk subsequently established.