Anglo-Scottish border

Anglo-Scottish Border

Anglo-Scottish border

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The Anglo-Scottish border (or English-Scottish border) is the official border and mark of entry between Scotland and England. It runs for <span style="white-space:nowrap">154&nbsp;km (96&nbsp;miles)</span> between the River Tweed on the east coast and the Solway Firth in the west. It is Scotland's only land border. England shares a longer border with Wales.

Although it had long been the de facto border, it was legally established in 1237, by the Treaty of York between England and Scotland, with the exception of a small area around Berwick, which was taken by England in 1482. It is thus one of the oldest extant borders in the world, although Berwick was not initially fully annexed by England. (It was not included in Northumberland for parliamentary purposes until 1885.)

For centuries until the Union of the Crowns the region on either side of the boundary was a lawless territory suffering from the repeated raids in each direction of the Border Reivers.

Following the Treaty of Union 1707 which united Scotland and England to form the Kingdom of Great Britain, the Border continues to form the boundary of two distinct legal jurisdiction as the treaty between the two countries guaranteed the continued separation of English law and Scots law. "For the purposes of the English conflict of laws, every country in the world which is not part of England and Wales is a foreign country and its foreign...
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