Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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DEBATEABLE LAND, n. comb. The land on the borders of Scotland and England, esp. that between the Esk and the Sark. Hist. Sc. 1776  G. Ridpath Border Hist. 573:
A perpetual source of contention between the English and Scots, which arose from a small tract of ground, commonly called the Debatable Land, situated between the rivers Esk and Sark.
Sc. 1820  Scott Abbot ii.:
The Graemes who then inhabited the Debateable Land.

[Found in O.Sc. from 1494.]

Debateable land n. comb.

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