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TITLE
Cawdor Castle as seen from Cawdor Burn, Nairn
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_1999_116_696
PLACENAME
Cawdor
DISTRICT
Nairn (landward)
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
NAIRN: Cawdor
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
11428
KEYWORDS
Cawdor Castle
Thane of Cawdor
Cawdur Burn
legends
yew trees
hawthorn trees
donkeys
Cawdor Castle as seen from Cawdor Burn, Nairn

Cawdor Castle as seen from the Cawdor Burn, Nairn. The castle dates from the late 14th century and was built as a private fortress by the Thanes of Cawdor. Its ancient medieval tower was built around a legendary tree. Tradition has it that the first Thane of Cawdor was directed by a dream to load a donkey with gold. He then had to turn it loose, follow in its footsteps and build a castle where it rested. The donkey lay down beside a hawthorn or yew and the area was cleared for the foundations of the tower. The remains of the tree are still preserved in a vaulted apartment at the bottom of the tower


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Cawdor Castle as seen from Cawdor Burn, Nairn

NAIRN: Cawdor

Cawdor Castle; Thane of Cawdor; Cawdur Burn; legends; yew trees; hawthorn trees; donkeys

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

Joseph Cook Collection

Cawdor Castle as seen from the Cawdor Burn, Nairn. The castle dates from the late 14th century and was built as a private fortress by the Thanes of Cawdor. Its ancient medieval tower was built around a legendary tree. Tradition has it that the first Thane of Cawdor was directed by a dream to load a donkey with gold. He then had to turn it loose, follow in its footsteps and build a castle where it rested. The donkey lay down beside a hawthorn or yew and the area was cleared for the foundations of the tower. The remains of the tree are still preserved in a vaulted apartment at the bottom of the tower <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email the<br /> <a href="mailto: photographic.archive@highlifehighland.com">Highland Photographic Archive</a> quoting the External ID.