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TITLE
Cawdor Castle from the North West
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0211
PLACENAME
Cawdor
DISTRICT
Nairn (landward)
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
NAIRN: Cawdor
PERIOD
1910s; 1920s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32109
KEYWORDS
castles
burns
Thanes of Cawdor
forts
fort
fortresses
tale
tales
postcards
Cawdor Castle from the North West

This postcard shows a view of Cawdor Castle from 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 from the North West

NAIRN: Cawdor

1910s; 1920s

castles; burns; Thanes of Cawdor; forts; fort; fortresses; tale; tales; postcards

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows a view of Cawdor Castle from Cawdor Burn, Nairn.<br /> <br /> 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