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Cawdor is located in Inverness area
Location within the Inverness area
OS grid referenceNH846486
Council area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNairn
Postcode districtIV12 5
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
57°30′49″N 3°55′37″W / 57.51352°N 3.92693°W / 57.51352; -3.92693Coordinates: 57°30′49″N 3°55′37″W / 57.51352°N 3.92693°W / 57.51352; -3.92693

Cawdor (Scottish Gaelic: Caladar) is a village and parish in the Highland council area, Scotland.[1] The village is situated 5 miles south south west of Nairn, and 12 miles east from Inverness. The village is in the Historic County of Nairnshire.


The village is the location of Cawdor Castle, the seat of the Earl Cawdor.

Macbeth, in Shakespeare's play of the same name, becomes Thane of Cawdor early in the narrative.[1] However, since the oldest part of the structure dates from the 14th century, and has no predecessor [1], Shakespeare's version (and the tradition which came before it) is of extremely dubious historical authenticity.

The name "Cawdor" is the English pronunciation and spelling of the ancient and original name Calder. In the early 19th century, the Lord at the time was residing in England and changed the name of the castle, town and clan overnight so that it would match the Shakespearian designation.[citation needed]

Roman fort[edit]

In 1984, a strong candidate for a Roman fort was identified at Easter Galcantray, south west of Cawdor, by aerial photography.

The site was excavated between 1985 and 1988 and several features were identified which are of this classification.

A single fragment of Roman coarse ware was found in the bottom of the ditch outside the south-west gateway along with burnt material; this pottery has very similar fabric to that found at Inchtuthil. In addition to this sparse pottery evidence, the demolition deposits in the western ditch yielded a piece of charcoal which has been radiocarbon dated to A.D. 80-130 (Calibrated).[2]

The radiocarbon test gave a possible date of construction during Agricola campaign.[2]

Local community[edit]

The area has recently received a new school building as the old school was over one hundred years old and could not fit all of the pupils and had been using huts (pre-fabricated caravan-like structures) to make room.[citation needed] The area also has a very well stocked (and licensed) village shop which provides a vital service for the local community.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Cawdor". The Gazetteer for Scotland. School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh and The Royal Scottish Geographical Society. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  2. ^ Excavations at Cawdor 1986


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