Originally believed to have been descended from the Normans in Italy, the Anstruther Clan can trace their Scottish origins back to the early 12th century when King Alexander I granted the lands of Anstruther in Fife to William of Candela as a reward for help given to William the Conqueror. The Count of Candela duly sent his son, also named William of Candela, to claim the lands.
While originally retaining the Candela name, the second generation of the family in Scotland would discontinue this tradition and switch to its current Anstruther title.
In 1483, the eighth generation of Anstruther, Andrew Anstruther of Anstruther, would officially obtain confirmation of the Scottish barony and this original line of the family would continue until 1920 with the death of the final Baron d’anstrude signalling the end of the original lineage of the family.
The current clan chief, Tobias Alexander Campbell Anstruther, was confirmed by the Lord Lyon in 2006 and resides at the current seat of the clan at Balcaskie House in Fife, built around 1670 by Sir William Bruce.