Though it is said there is no exact place of origin, it is important not to confuse the contents of the Kinrara manuscript which contains details of a claim that the Clan MacGilleandrish came to Badenoch from Moidart c.1400. This family (son of Leandrish) is not connected to any known Andersons and no evidence has been found[who?] to support the idea that their name became Anderson. The tales of the vengeance of Iain beg MacAindrea on cattle lifters who raided Badenoch may point to a connection with a MacAndrews family. However, there is no disputing[who?] the intellectual pedigree that his kinfolk subsequently established.
The tradition of scholarly erudition has significant roots in Anderson clan history throughout all the disciplines. This tradition was first established by Alexander Anderson who published works on geometry and algebra in Paris between 1612 and 1619. His cousin, David Anderson of Finshaugh, shared a similar skill in mechanics and mathematics that he applied to removing a large rock that had obstructed the entrance to Aberdeen harbour. This achievement earned him the nickname 'Davie-Do-a'-Things.'
As above, the claim that the lands of Clan Andrew are in Badenoch is not supported by the extensive researches[who?] made into the known pedigrees of the family. It is the Clan Leandrish that is recorded in the Kinrara manuscript as coming to the lands of Badenoch, in the heart of the Chattan Confederation territory, from Moidart around 1400, but this is not the Andersons. The largest grouping of Andersons lie in a swathe of lands through Aberdeen, Banff & Moray and with many intermarriages with ladies of the Clan Gordon, bringing many lands and properties, they are as heavily tied into the Gordons as any other Clan.