DiCamillo Companion

Cawdor Castle

  • House & Family History: The Thanes of Cawdor built the Castle in the 14th century as a private fortress. Cawdor is mentioned as the setting for Shakespeare's play, "Macbeth;" however, as Cawdor was not built until centuries after the play takes place, this can only be taken as romantic fiction. The famous Scottish architect Colen Campbell, arguably the first proponent of Neo-Palladianism and in Britain and the father of the Georgian style (he wrote "Vitruvius Britannicus" in 1715), was a descendent of the Campbells of Cawdor Castle. Cawdor and the Campbell family have received much attention since the publication in 2006 of Liza Campbell's book, "A Charmed Life: Growing Up in Macbeth's Castle" ("Title Deeds" in the UK), which describes an extremely dysfunctional family.

    Collections: Nine portraits were purchased by the National Galleries of Scotland in 1988-89, in lieu of tax, to remain on site.

  • Architect: Alexander Ross

    Date: 1884
    Designed: Additions

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    Architect: Thomas Mackenzie

    Date: 1850s
    Designed: Additions

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  • John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. II, p. 33, 1855.

    Country Life: II, 14, 1897. XX, 942, 1906. XCVII, 816 plan, 860, 1945.

  • Title: Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, 1990
    Author: Kidd, Charles; Williamson, David (Editors)
    Year Published: 1990
    Reference: pg. P 231
    Publisher: London: Debrett's Peerage Limited (New York: St. Martin's Press, Inc.)
    ISBN: 0312046405
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Disintegration of a Heritage: Country Houses and their Collections, 1979-1992, The
    Author: Sayer, Michael
    Year Published: 1993
    Publisher: Norfolk: Michael Russell (Publishing)
    ISBN: 0859551970
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Category A

    Park Listed: Listed

  • Current Seat / Home of: Dowager Countess Cawdor

    Past Seat / Home of: Campbell family.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01667-404-401

    Fax: 01667-404-674

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: http://www.cawdorcastle.com

    Historic Houses Member: Yes


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