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Inveravon Castle remainsInveravon Castle once belonged to the Hamilton family. It was besieged and destroyed by James II in 1554 or 1455, reportedly as part of the King's campaign to wipe out the Black Douglas family. Presumably at that point, it was in Douglas hands. It overlooked the Carse of Falkirk, and commanded the lowest ford on the river Avon.

Described as a courtyard castle with corner towers, all that remains here is the outer semicircle of a tower, 12'4" in diameter with 5' thick walls. It is built of 17 courses of carefully laid sandstone rubble. Within is a vaulted basement, which in 1924 was used for storing farm implements, and is overgrown above. It is apparently a 15th century work, and was very probably part of a more extensive structure.

The original form of the Castle is unknown with the remaining tower offering very few clues, as most of the architectural features have since decayed through time. However, the castle may have continued to be inhabited in some way after this destruction, as it is found marked on Blaeu's 1654 map of the region as `INNEREUIN' together with a small castle symbol. A branch of the Hamilton family were later to be found further east at the nearby Kinneil House dating from the late 15th century onwards; although it is unknown whether these were the same family that earlier owned Inveravon.

Inveravon Tower sits within the scheduling boundary for the Antonine Wall, and may have been built on the site of a former Roman fort. The line of the wall approaches from the SE, and arcs over the north side of the Tower before heading west towards Kinneil.

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