Horse Brass: Cawdor Castle

Horse Brass: Cawdor Castle


One of my favorites. With its turreted central tower, moat and drawbridge, Cawdor Castle, the home of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, has become one of the most romantic stately homes in the Highlands of Scotland. The ancient holly tree preserved in the vaults is the one under which in 1372, Thane William’s donkey, laden with gold, stopped for a rest while its master searched for a place to build a fortress. According to legend this is how the site for the castle was chosen…the castle was built around the tree which still stands in the castle dungeons. Unfortunately, the donkey was no military architect and Cawdor’s site offers few defensive advantages, so the castle was surrounded with a moat and given walls so thick that they housed a secret pit prison. Like many Highland fortresses, Cawdor fell into Campbell hands. In 1499 the Earl of Argyll was given powers of wardship over the infant heiress Muriel. As the Campbell troops came to collect the child and carry her to the West, her mother burned her with a red hot key and bit off the tip of her finger so she could be identified at a later time. Muriel’s later marriage to Sir John Campbell was a happy and fruitful one. After 600 years of continuous occupation,it remains the home of the Thanes of Cawdor and a perfect mixture of late medieval fortress and Jacobian home. It is believed to house three ghosts; a lady in blue, the shadow of Sir John and a Campbell maiden whose father amputated her hands in an attempt to impose some distance between the girl and her unsuitable lover. A visit to the website is worth your while.


Horse Brass: Cawdor Castle.

Made by ARMAC Brassworks, Birmingham, England.

Hand cast using the finest British brass.

Hand filed to remove any rough edges left from casting.

Hand polished to enhance the natural beauty of collector quality brass.


ARMAC Brassworks has been producing high quality brassware for more than 75 years.

Additional information

Weight.20 lbs
Dimensions3.50 × 3.00 × .16 in