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The Solway at Comlongon had a much wider flood plain than today; much of the land south of Comlongon has been reclaimed and turned over to agriculture or pasture in the early 19th Century. The area between both Scottish and English influence was so fluid that both sides referred to it as “The Debatable Lands” The region was a lawless turbulent area, inhabited by powerful families with complicated allegiances- a modern day parallel would be the tribal region between Pakistan and Afghanistan, or the 1870’s Wild West without the presence of Sheriffs. Both nations agreed on one point; to divide the region into 3 military regions, known as Marches. The Western, Middle and Eastern Marches were referred to as distinct regions until the late 17th Century. Wardens were established to take overall control of these districts, but as often as not these roles merely suited local crime lords to enrich their own ends and coffers. Comlongon held significant sway over the region of the western marches for generations. For centuries the area was known for its lawlessness, with the Romans calling the region Ad Fines, or the End of the World. The following centuries did not improve the situation. The area was continually fought over, burnt and devastated by both sides that mere survival in this region was precarious at best. Scorched Earth policy was practiced by both sides. 3


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