Acquisition of the land
The local estate had been called Grange of Romanno, but was changed, by Alexander Forrester Cochrane who acquired the Estate in 1736. When James Mackintosh bought the Estate it was in a state of dilapidation. William Chambers tells us (A History of Peebleshire, 1884) that James Mackintosh, in early life, went to India and, by extraordinary diligence, professional skill and economy, realised a considerable fortune. He returned to Scotland and, while still in middle life, was able to bring his ingenuity to bear on the dormant resources of Lamancha.