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TITLE
Cawdor Castle
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_784_P020
PLACENAME
Cawdor Castle
DISTRICT
Nairn (landward)
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
NAIRN: Cawdor
DATE OF IMAGE
1893
PERIOD
1890s
CREATOR
F Valentine and Sons
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31332
KEYWORDS
castles
families
clans
thanes
nobility
Thane of Cawdor
MacBeth
Cawdor Castle

Cawdor Castle was built in 1454 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.

This illustration was taken from 'Mackenzie's Guide to Inverness', by Alexander Mackenzie (Inverness, 1893)

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Cawdor Castle

NAIRN: Cawdor

1890s

castles; families; clans; thanes; nobility; Thane of Cawdor; MacBeth

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

Cawdor Castle was built in 1454 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.<br /> <br /> This illustration was taken from 'Mackenzie's Guide to Inverness', by Alexander Mackenzie (Inverness, 1893)