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Debatable Lands

The lands of Liddesdale on the Scottish West March, which were claimed by both Scotland and England before the Act Of Union of 1707. Because the area was so remote there could be no enforcement of law, and Liddesdale became the scene of countless cattle raids and feuds between neighbouring Border families. The Debatable Lands were also the source of many Border ballads, and the region was the home of WILLIAM armstrong whose deeds were recounted in the ballad Kinmont Willie. Sir Walter Scott visited the region in 1791 during his 'raids' with Robert Shortreed to collect the ballads he published later in The Minstrelsy Of The Scottish Border.

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