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King Duncan's Room, Cawdor Castle

This postcard shows King Duncan's Room in Cawdor Castle. The room contains a four-poster bed, bell pulls, a table and occasional chairs. The mural around the fireplace depicts scenes from Shakespeare's play 'Macbeth', in which King Duncan elevates Macbeth to Thane of Cawdor, only to be murdered in his bedroom by his host at Cawdor Castle. However, Macbeth died in 1052, several centuries before the present castle was built.

In 1454 Thane William of Calder received a royal licence to build a castle at Cawdor. He built a simple four-storey tower house, which was later restyled with roof turrets. The original family name was Calder but in 1510 Muriel Calder was forced to marry Sir John Campbell and the lands and title passed to the Campbell clan. In the late 17th century Sir Hugh Campbell of Cawdor made some major alterations and additions to the castle, not long before he and his family had to leave Cawdor because of their Jacobite sympathies. When they returned they began work on the restoration and conservation of the castle. Cawdor Castle is still home to the Cawdor family as well as being a significant visitor attraction.

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King Duncan's Room, Cawdor Castle

NAIRN: Cawdor

1880s

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This postcard shows King Duncan's Room in Cawdor Castle. The room contains a four-poster bed, bell pulls, a table and occasional chairs. The mural around the fireplace depicts scenes from Shakespeare's play 'Macbeth', in which King Duncan elevates Macbeth to Thane of Cawdor, only to be murdered in his bedroom by his host at Cawdor Castle. However, Macbeth died in 1052, several centuries before the present castle was built.<br /> <br /> In 1454 Thane William of Calder received a royal licence to build a castle at Cawdor. He built a simple four-storey tower house, which was later restyled with roof turrets. The original family name was Calder but in 1510 Muriel Calder was forced to marry Sir John Campbell and the lands and title passed to the Campbell clan. In the late 17th century Sir Hugh Campbell of Cawdor made some major alterations and additions to the castle, not long before he and his family had to leave Cawdor because of their Jacobite sympathies. When they returned they began work on the restoration and conservation of the castle. Cawdor Castle is still home to the Cawdor family as well as being a significant visitor attraction.