The first reference to the surname Anderson appeared in Dumfriesshire in 1296 when Duncan Fiz Andreu was recorded as taking an oath of fealty.

These cottages and houses which have been made available for luxury self catering holidays are situated within the grounds of the present day Anderson Estates located in Dumfries and Galloway.

Today the self catering holiday properties are managed by younger members of the Anderson family who live on the estate and therefore see to it that visitors are properly looked after.

The Clan Anderson is represented around the world through the efforts of the Clan Anderson Society which was formally established over 40 years ago.

Hope Vere Anderson of Anderson Estates is the current principal landed armiger and representer of the Clan Anderson Society worldwide having held this ex officio position for more than 20 years, he was declared Chief by the Clan Anderson in 2010 after a vacancy of 425 years.


The name Weir fairly common throughout the Lowlands of Scotland is usually derived from Vere a name said to be of Norse origin and to have come to France about the same time of the Norman invasion of England in 1066.

Many Normans who came with the Conquerur later settled in Scotland from the reign of David I (1124-1153) and the Vere’s of Blackwood are descended from Ralph De Vere, captured at Alnwick with William the Lion in 1174, they held extensive landed estates in Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire from the early 1400’s.

The Hope Vere name derives from the 1730 marriage between Charles Hope, 2nd son of the Earl of Hopetoun and Catherine Heiress of Sir William Vere, 2nd Bt. of Blackwood.