Clan Crest: Two arms in armour holding a pole-axe with both arms gauntleted, Proper
Motto: Periissem ni periissem (I would have perished had I not persisted)
Origin of Name: From the town of Anstruther
Clan Chief: Tobias Anstruther of That Ilk
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Early in the 12th century Alexander I of Scotland granted the lands of Anstruther to William de Candela. There has been several theories as to his origin but recent research suggests he may have been a Norman from Italy. There is evidence that William I of England, William the Conqueror, sought assistance from William, Count of Candela. He sent his son (or possibly his grandson).
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