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TITLE
Cawdor Castle from the west of the burn in 1803
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_3443_P002
PLACENAME
Cawdor Castle
DISTRICT
Nairn (landward)
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
NAIRN: Cawdor
PERIOD
1800s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31755
KEYWORDS
rivers
burns
castles
families
clans
thanes
nobility
Thane of Cawdor
MacBeth
Cawdor Castle from the west of the burn in 1803

The name 'Cawdor' is the more usual pronunciation of 'Calder'. The castle is famous for its associations with Macbeth, but Macbeth died in 1052 and the first Thane of Cawdor was appointed by Alexander II in 1236.

The castle was built under a Royal license granted to the then Thane of Cawdor in 1454. Sir Hugh Campbell of Cawdor made some major alterations to the castle from 1660-1670.

Despite a long absence in Wales the Cawdor family later returned to the castle which is still their home. Cawdor burn, which runs past the castle, is a tributary of the River Nairn.

This illustration is one of a set bound with an anonymous manuscript entitled 'The Ancient and Honourable Family of Calder', from the Fraser-Mackintosh Collection at Inverness Library

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Cawdor Castle from the west of the burn in 1803

NAIRN: Cawdor

1800s

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

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

The name 'Cawdor' is the more usual pronunciation of 'Calder'. The castle is famous for its associations with Macbeth, but Macbeth died in 1052 and the first Thane of Cawdor was appointed by Alexander II in 1236.<br /> <br /> The castle was built under a Royal license granted to the then Thane of Cawdor in 1454. Sir Hugh Campbell of Cawdor made some major alterations to the castle from 1660-1670.<br /> <br /> Despite a long absence in Wales the Cawdor family later returned to the castle which is still their home. Cawdor burn, which runs past the castle, is a tributary of the River Nairn.<br /> <br /> This illustration is one of a set bound with an anonymous manuscript entitled 'The Ancient and Honourable Family of Calder', from the Fraser-Mackintosh Collection at Inverness Library