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COMLONGON CASTLE Comlongon Castle is regarded as one of the finest and best preserved border strongholds in Scotland. Having been in the possession of the Murray family from the early 13th century until the late 1950’s it does hold claim to several records, having been owned by the same family for some 700 years. Piecing together its past has been a challenge. However the amount of new evidence being placed online makes this task easier as each year more information is put in the public domain. Comlongon was a considerable fortress guarding the approaches of the Solway from Cumbria and as such commanded an extremely important strategic location. Today the border between Scotland and England is clearly defined and in this region follows the Solway Firth less than a mile south of Comlongon. It must be remembered however at the time Comlongon was built the border was a very arbitrary line-almost nonexistent. Neither side had the influence, power or inclination to clearly define or to defend any border. It suited both sides to have a buffer zone between the two nations. 2


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