Clan Anstruther

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Welcome to Clan Anstruther

A brief summary of this Clan’s history should be entered here.

Clan Anstruther Team
Team Leader TBA.
Team Members
Clan Chief:
Crest: Two arms in armour holding a pole-axe with both hands gauntleted Proper
Motto: Periissem ni periissem (I would have perished had I not persisted)
Slogan/War Cry:
Region: Lowlands
Historic Seat: in Fife
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Gaelic name:

Clan Team

Team Goals

The focus of this team's work is to identify, improve and maintain profiles associated with the Lairds and Chiefs of Clan Anstruther, as well as Clan members bearing the name Anstruther, the related families and those recognised as septs of Clan Anstruther.

Team To Do List

This list will be developed by the Team. If you are working on a specific task, please list it here:

  • promoting the entries of those bearing the name Anstruther on Wikitree.
  • ensuring entries appearing on Wikitree are as accurate as possible, correcting mistakes once spotted.
  • encouraging interest in and study of Clan Anstruther.


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Clan Anstruther History

From the town of Anstruther, which was adopted as a familial name.

Alexander I of Scotland granted the lands of Anstruther to William de Candela in the early 12th century.There are a number of suggested origins for William but research points to the Normans in Italy.It is known that William I of England sought assistance from William, Count of Candela, who sent his son. It is likely that this son was William de Candela, who received the grant of land from Alexander.

William de Candela's son, also William, was a benefactor to the monks of Balmerino Abbey. The site now occupied by the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther was a gift from William. The next generation of the family, Henry, no longer styled himself, de Candela, being described as 'Henricus de Aynstrother dominus ejusdem' in a charter confirming grants of land to Balmerino Abbey.

Henry Anstruther accompanied Louis IX of France to the crusades and swore fealty to King Edward I of England in 1292 and again in 1296.

Other Names Associated with the Clan

Anstruther baronets, of Wrae, Balcaskie, Fife and Braemore (1694)

  • Sir Robert Anstruther, 1st Baronet (1658–1737)
  • Sir Philip Anstruther, 2nd Baronet (1688–1763)
  • Sir Robert Anstruther, 3rd Baronet (1733–1818)
  • Sir Ralph Abercromby Anstruther, 4th Baronet (1804–1863)
  • Sir Robert Anstruther, 5th Baronet (1834–1886)
  • Sir Ralph William Anstruther, 6th Baronet (1858–1934)
  • Sir Ralph Hugo Anstruther, 7th Baronet (1921–2002) (succeeded as 12th Baronet of the 1700 creation in 1980)
  • Sir Ian Fife Campbell Anstruther, 8th Baronet (1922–2007)
  • Sir Sebastian Paten Campbell Anstruther, 9th Baronet (b. 1962)

The heir apparent is the present holder's son Maximillian Sengtawan Pinitwong Anstruther (b. 1995). Anstruther, later Anstruther-Paterson, later Carmichael-Anstruther, later Anstruther baronets, of Anstruther (1700)

  • Sir John Anstruther, 1st Baronet (c 1678–1753)
  • Sir John Anstruther, 2nd Baronet (1718–1799)
  • Sir Philip Anstruther-Paterson, 3rd Baronet (1752–1808)
  • Sir John Anstruther, 4th and 1st Baronet (1753–1811) (created a Baronet, of Anstruther in the County of Lanark, in the Baronetage of Great Britain on 18 May 1798)
  • Sir John Carmichael-Anstruther, 5th Baronet (1785–1818)
  • Sir John Carmichael-Anstruther, 6th Baronet (1818–1831)
  • Sir Windham Carmichael-Anstruther, 7th Baronet (1793–1869)
  • Sir Windham Charles James Carmichael-Anstruther, 8th Baronet (c. 1825–1898)
  • Sir Windham Robert Carmichael-Anstruther, 9th Baronet (1877–1903)
  • Sir Windham Frederick Carmichael-Anstruther, 10th Baronet (1902–1928)
  • Sir Windham Eric Francis Carmichael-Anstruther, 11th Baronet (1900–1980)
  • Sir Ralph Hugo Anstruther, 12th Baronet (1921–2002)

Allied Clans

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Clan castles

Balcaskie House

  • The clan chief's seat remains at Balcaskie in Fife which was probably built in around 1670 by Sir William Bruce.

  • Airdrie House and Newark Castle in Fife also belong to the Anstruthers.

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