Ian Scott Anderson

1947 -

Ian Anderson
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Ian Anderson

Lead singer and flautist with the rock group Jethro Tull. Anderson was born in Dunfermline, the son of a hotel manager, but brought up in Edinburgh and Blackpool. Formed in 1968, the group achieved popularity during the 1970s, particularly in the USA, with successful albums including Aqualung (1971), Thick as a Brick (1972), Living in the Past (1972) and Warchild (1974). The band still tours and records occasionally, for example, Catfish Rising (1991). Anderson's solo albums include Walk Into Light (1985) and Divinities: Twelve Dances with God (1994).

Anderson bought the Strathaird Estate on the Isle of Skye in 1978 and setup a company to farm salmon creating local employment. He sold the estate to the John Muir Trust in 1994, but continues to have involvement in salmon production, with Strathaird Salmon now based in Inverness and employing 250 people. Anderson is also one of the largest importers of salmon to Europe from his numerous fish farms in Chile. He received an MBE in the New Year Honours list in 2008.

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