Name: Muriel Calder
Suffix: 9th Thane of Cawdor
Note: 12 at marriage
Death: ABT 1575
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Change Date: 6 JAN 2009
Heiress of the old Thanes of Cawdor.
Muriel is sometimes reported, eg in TSP (Argyll), as having been born about 13 Feb 1498. However, if it is true that her father died in 1494 (when she was an infant), such must be incorrect. She was forced by Archibald Campbell, 2nd Earl of Argyll, to marry his son.
Following the untimely death of the 8th Thane, the sole heiress was his baby daughter Muriel Calder. A party of Campbells forcibly took her from Kilravock Castle where she was staying with her grandmother at harvest time. Her quick-witted nurse branded her on the hip with a red-hot key so that she could be identified by the family were she ever found again. The tip of her little finger was bitten off to also help with subsequent identification. Only a very young child, she was taken by the men to Inveraray Castle. In 1510 when she was old enough to be married, she wedded Sir John Campbell, the Earl of Argyll's son. Despite this traumatic beginning, the 'red-haired lassie' would seem to have enjoyed her life to a large extent. The couple returned to Cawdor in 1524 and Muriel became Thaness of Cawdor herself after her husband died in 1546. She lived until 1575.
Survived her husband and her son.
Father: John Calder
Mother: Isabella Rose b: ABT 1472
- Archibald Campbell b: in Calder
- Janet Campbell
- Katherine Campbell
- Marion Campbell b: 1547 in Calder, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland
- Type: Book
Periodical: Burke?s Landed Gentry Scotland
Title: Burke?s Landed Gentry Scotland Online
- Type: Book
Periodical: A Genealogical Deduction of the Family of Rose of Kilravock
Author: Hugh Rose, Lachlan Shaw, Cosmo Innes
- Type: Web Site
Title: Stirnet Genealogy
Author: Patrick Barns-Graham