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The MacAndrews were renowned for their fighting qualities and were part of the Confederation of Highland clans, the Clan Chattan.
The Lowland Andersons achieved fame in different quarters. Alexander Anderson's early 17th century treaties on geometry and algebra gained European recognition. James Gregory, the inventor of the reflecting telescope, was an Anderson. In 1773, James Anderson from Midlothian, wrote the entry on monsoons for the first edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, predicting the discoveries to be made by Captain Cook. John Anderson (1726-1796), Professor of Natural Philosophy at Glasgow University, invented a way to reduce the recoil in a gun, and helped found one of Scotland's eight universities (Strathclyde University).
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