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TITLE
Cawdor Castle
EXTERNAL ID
HC_INV_BUILDINGS_005
PLACENAME
Cawdor
DISTRICT
Nairn (landward)
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
NAIRN: Cawdor
SOURCE
The Highland Council
ASSET ID
13454
KEYWORDS
castles
Cawdor Castle

This photograph is of Cawdor Castle and gardens.

Cawdor Castle was built in 1454 by Thane William of Calder under a licence granted by James II. The name Calder was more commonly pronounced Cawdor, from where the family takes its name. The Campbell clan obtained the lands and the title through the forced marriage of the Thane's 12 year old daughter Muriel to the son of the 2nd Earl of Argyll.

The castle is famous for its associations with Macbeth, but he died in 1052 and the first Thane of Cawdor was appointed by Alexander II in 1236. Sir Hugh Campbell, 15th Thane of Cawdor, declared his support for the Jacobites in the 17th century and it became necessary for him and his family to relocate to Wales for much of the next century. The family returned as the Earls of Cawdor and worked on the restoration and conservation of the castle, which is still home to the Cawdor family.

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Cawdor Castle

NAIRN: Cawdor

castles

The Highland Council

Highland Council: Inverness Area (1990s)

This photograph is of Cawdor Castle and gardens. <br /> <br /> Cawdor Castle was built in 1454 by Thane William of Calder under a licence granted by James II. The name Calder was more commonly pronounced Cawdor, from where the family takes its name. The Campbell clan obtained the lands and the title through the forced marriage of the Thane's 12 year old daughter Muriel to the son of the 2nd Earl of Argyll.<br /> <br /> The castle is famous for its associations with Macbeth, but he died in 1052 and the first Thane of Cawdor was appointed by Alexander II in 1236. Sir Hugh Campbell, 15th Thane of Cawdor, declared his support for the Jacobites in the 17th century and it became necessary for him and his family to relocate to Wales for much of the next century. The family returned as the Earls of Cawdor and worked on the restoration and conservation of the castle, which is still home to the Cawdor family.