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TITLE
Macbeth's Castle
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_2475_VOL3_P001
PLACENAME
Macbeth's Castle
DISTRICT
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
1831
PERIOD
1830s
CREATOR
W Penny
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31730
KEYWORDS
castles
kings
Macbeth
plays
the Scottish Play
buildings
forts
Inverness Castle
Macbeth's Castle

Macbeth's castle stood on the site now occupied by the present Inverness Castle. Its ground floor was vaulted while the upper floor was made of timbers. The roof was flat and leaded and was surrounded by a low parapet. It was in this castle that Macbeth is said to have murdered Duncan I, according to the Shakespeare play. Although the play portrays Macbeth as an inadequate king, in reality he reigned well for 17 years before being killed by Duncan's son Malcolm III.

During the reign of George II a square was formed with the castle. It included a house for the Governor and barracks for officers and soldiers. Macbeth's castle made up the south side of the square and was used as the fort-major's residence. In 1746, the castle (then known as Fort George - not to be confused with the present Fort George, near Ardersier) was taken by Jacobites who blew it up.

This plate was found in volume 3 of the 'Transactions of the Society of the Antiquaries of Scotland' of 1831

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Macbeth's Castle

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1830s

castles; kings; Macbeth; plays; the Scottish Play; buildings; forts; Inverness Castle

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

Macbeth's castle stood on the site now occupied by the present Inverness Castle. Its ground floor was vaulted while the upper floor was made of timbers. The roof was flat and leaded and was surrounded by a low parapet. It was in this castle that Macbeth is said to have murdered Duncan I, according to the Shakespeare play. Although the play portrays Macbeth as an inadequate king, in reality he reigned well for 17 years before being killed by Duncan's son Malcolm III.<br /> <br /> During the reign of George II a square was formed with the castle. It included a house for the Governor and barracks for officers and soldiers. Macbeth's castle made up the south side of the square and was used as the fort-major's residence. In 1746, the castle (then known as Fort George - not to be confused with the present Fort George, near Ardersier) was taken by Jacobites who blew it up.<br /> <br /> This plate was found in volume 3 of the 'Transactions of the Society of the Antiquaries of Scotland' of 1831