The Debatable Land

a tract of land between the Esk and the Sark, claimed by both England and Scotland; the Batable Ground.

See also: Debatable

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Moreover she, and Clare also, stood as yet on the debatable land between predilection and love; where no profundities have been reached; no reflections have set in, awkwardly inquiring, "Whither does this new current tend to carry me?
On their journeys, they meet people like Wattie Blakey, an elderly mole catcher, just one of the many characters--some from history--who spring to life in Robb's new book about a desolate border tract known as the Debatable Land, the oldest territorial division in Great Britain.
'The Debatable Land: The Lost World Between Scotland and England' is another recent book about our borderlands by Graham Robb in which he examines this bloodiest of British regions, fought over by Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and James V.
The newspapers: Graham Robb concludes his recent book about the English-Scottish border, The Debatable Land, by wondering how the Europe referendum could have such different results in contiguous constituencies on either side of the boundary.
"Full in front, the spire of Halesby Church pierced the film of smoke that settled in the valley of the Stour, the debatable land between the black and the green." And it was down to Elihu Burritt, the American Consul to Birmingham, in 1862 for making the often repeated comment of the area as being "Black by day and red by night".
Minister at Naples (1855-58) he became interested in spiritualism and wrote two explanatory books: Footfalls on the Boundary of Another World (1860) and The Debatable Land Between This World and the Next (1872).
It's northern and it's a frontier; the dun coloured fell stretches north towards Bewcastle and the Debatable Land.
The debatable lands investigated in this volume are delightfully various.
Topics include Norrlandic revivalism in the novels and short stories of Torgny Lindgren, the debatable lands and passable boundaries of gender and nation, and Greenlandic literature between nation and globalization.
The deep, dramatic hollow was a haunt of the Border Reivers, the marauders who plundered and killed in the Debatable lands between Scotland and England from 1500 onwards.