So what conclusions can we draw from what little information we have?
It is possible that there were two Cadzow Castles: one, an ancient structure, Cadzow Castle, built around the 12th century, prior to the Hamilton’s takeover of the Barony of Cadzow, and a second, built about two hundred years after the arrival of the Hamiltons.
It is also possible that the second, currently visible, structure was constructed and named Cadzow Castle simply because it was on Barony of Cadzow lands — not because of any association with the ancient Cadzow family.
As excavators and historians continue to dig through the remains of the most recent castle, more questions will be answered and, presumably, more questions will arise as they always do in any scientific endevour. You can check the excavation web sites (on the left) regularly for the latest information.
For further reading about the castle:
- Wikipedia: Cadzow Castle
- Undiscovered Scotland: Cadzow Castle
- Historic Environment Scotland: Cadzow Castle
- Scotland.com: Explore the remains of Cadzow Castle
- Castles, Forts, and Battles: Cadzow Castle