Lady Macduff is married to Macduff and together they have a young son who also appears in the play.

We meet Lady Macduff as she talks with Ross and then her son about Macduff, declaring him a traitor. She believes he cannot love his family as he has fled the country for England and left them behind. This conversation is cut off midway at the arrival of the murderers, who proceed to kill both Lady Macduff and her son by order of Macbeth.


Whither should I fly?
I have done no harm.

— Act IV, scene 2

Need to know

• Married to Macduff

• Is killed by The Murderers

• A relation of Ross

Key quote

Wisdom! To leave his wife, to leave his babes, His mansion, and his titles, in a place From whence himself does fly? He loves us not

— Act IV, scene 2

Also called

my wife
— Act IV, scene 3

— Act IV, scene 3

fair dame!
— Act IV, scene 3

My pretty cousin
— Act IV, scene 2


The Thane of Fife had a wife
— Act V, scene 1