Crest Meaning: Anderson

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The sons of the unknown Andrew. The arms of Anderson of Sterheuch, the leading line, are well recorded from at least 1563 in the Forman Manuscript, but the inclusion of the famous oak tree crest with the ‘stand sure’ motto is later. The first mention we’ve found seems to be in 1828, when it was recorded as the crest of Anderson of Airderbreck in William Berry’s Encyclopaedia Heraldica, vol 2, although it certainly pre-dates this. The symbolism of the oak tree is straightforward – endurance and hardiness. Possible Stuart sympathies and the Royal Oak of Charles II? This is unclear - there doesn't seem to be much outward Jacobite sympathies in this kindred otherwise.