"the very point where the Duke of Buccleuch’s land, the Laird of Drummelzier’s, and Lord Napier’s, meet"
Today, wire fences demarcate the land boundaries that meet on the top of Cowan’s Croft. Robert's alleged burial site is just under this post - Credit: Chris Eilbeck
The Duke of Buccleuch
was actually a Duchess at this point – Anne Scott held the title from 1663 to 1732. The Buccleuch ancestral lands extended across the Yarrow Valley and included two of the farms in which Robert stays – Altrive and Eldinhope. Drumelzier
is an adjacent parish, then presided over by William Hay. Francis Napier, 6th Lord Napier
was also a prominent landowner in the area.