Cawdor Castle - Caudill Roots?
I found this in a Newsgroup Archive.
Whether it is true or not...
I will let you decide.
Cawdor Castle in Scotland
Stephen Caudill and Mary Elizabeth (Betsy) Fields came to America
from Scotland around 1720. Although I don't know exactly where in Scotland
they came from, my Scottish expert tells me that the Caudills belonged to the
Clan Campbell of Cawdor. The ancestral home for the Cawdor branch of Campbells
is Cawdor Castle. The property was acquired by the Campbells in 1510, and
today is the home of Lord and Lady Cawdor, although it is open to the public.
(Most castle owners find it necessary to allow public tours in order to pay
for the upkeep.)
Shakespeare used the castle as the setting for "MacBeth." There is a drawbridge
entrance to the castle, although today there is no water in the moat.
The exterior walls are, of course, made of stone. There are high walls for
defense and a cannon near the main entrance, but to me it looked more like a
regal home than a place where you would expect a battle. There is a fresh water
well deep inside the castle, should it ever be under seige. Oddly, there is a
tree growing up from the dungeon inside the castle. It has probably been there
for hundreds of years, and I don't know if it was still alive in 1998 when I was
there. We were not allowed to take pictures inside the castle (common practice
over there), so I don't have anything to jog my memory regarding details, but
it was beautifully furnished and liberally scattered with antiques and painted
portraits of ancestors.
Like most, Cawdor Castle has a tower, winding stone staircases, arched doorways,
and tapestries aplenty behind massive stone walls several feet thick. There are
ancient arms displayed on the walls--claymores (Scottish 2-handed swords)and
targes (Scottish shields) and so on. On the outside front of the castle, the
Cawdor coat of arms is displayed, including the motto "Be mindful."
The castle is surrounded by beautiful formal gardens and forests. There is a
living hedge maze, and behind the castle there is a rushing stream
(probably used to fill the moat in days of old).
The national flower of Scotland is the thistle, and when I was there,
there was one about 10-12 feet tall. Many of the castles of Scotland
were destroyed by battles with the English or clan feuds or by the ravages
of time and the lack of funds for upkeep, but "our" castle is intact,
in good repair, and in "like new" condition. I hope all my Caudill cousins
find this castle as interesting as I did. I wish I could do it justice with words.
I forgot to mention when the castle was built. Cawdor began as a strong tower,
built by the crown in second half of fourteenth century. It was a royal castle until
James II gave it to the Thane of Cawdor about 1454. After that, further additions
and fortifications were made, and the castle was expanded significantly, with the
original square tower in the center.
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