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When Robert attempts to flee the persecution of Gil-Martin, he takes a path south that leads him through Midlothian and Roxburghshire, then back northwards through Selkirkshire. This map shows the places that Robert stops off at: (A) is Edinburgh; (B) is Chesters; (C) is Ancrum; (D) is Altrive; (E) is Cowan’s Croft.
The end of Robert’s journey sees him arrive very close to Ettrick where James Hogg spent most of his life. Once a royal hunting ground for the Scottish monarchy, it had since become a sheep-farming district, all rolling hillside studded with farms. The transformation deprived the area of much of its former forest but it retained the strong oral tradition it had accrued during its earlier incarnation. Hogg gathered from this a rich store of folklore that was to furnish his tales, and Ettrick and its neighbouring areas exert a strong presence in much of his writing.
This refers to Allan Water, a river which joins the Tweed just east of Selkirk. The Tweed itself is a 97-mile long river which begins in the Southern Uplands of Scotland, forms the Scottish-English border for 17 miles and empties in the North Sea in Berwick, north-east England.
The point where Allan Water joins the River Tweed.
A valley in the western part of Northumberland. Chesters is only a few miles above the border of Redesdale, so Gil-Martin is dauntingly nearby. The fact that he is inquiring about Robert’s whereabouts from a point further south than Robert himself has reached suggests he is both pursuing and lying in wait. Robert, therefore, is effectively surrounded.
Also known as Altrive, Altrieve and Eltrive (as the Editor calls it on page 231), this was formerly a farm in the Yarrow Valley near Selkirk about 22 miles north-west of Chesters. Hogg himself lived and worked here for 21 years until his death in 1835.