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Old Cawdor

Moated Site (Medieval)

Site Name Old Cawdor

Classification Moated Site (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) House Of Calder

Canmore ID 15205

Site Number NH85SE 9

NGR NH 858 512

NGR Description NH c. 858 512

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Cawdor
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Nairn
  • Former County Nairn

Archaeology Notes

For (successor) Cawdor Castle (NH 8471 4987), see NH84NW 1.

Lord Cawdor, Cawdor Castle, states that the name 'Old Cawdor' appears on an 18th-century estate map, in a field to the SW of Brackla House, in the area centred NH 858 512. The area in question has been levelled for the construction of an airfield.

Visited by OS (NKB) 22 November 1965.


Field Visit (May 1978)

Old Cawdor NH 857 511 NH85SE 9

No traces survive of the former House of Calder or Old Cawdor, the seat of the Thanes of Cawdor before 1454. Remains of what appears to have been a homestead moat, with 'a dry ditch and a drawbridge', were, however, still visible in the early 18th century.

RCAHMS 1978, visited May 1978

Shaw 1882, ii, 269; Bain 1893, 173

Field Visit (1996 - 2003)

Russell Coleman managed an Historic Scotland funded project to record medieval moated sites in Scotland. Gazetteers were produced for each regional council area between 1996 and 2002 with an uncompleted overall review in 2002-03. The results of the first year of the project were published in Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal, Volume 3 (1997).


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