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Lord Warden of the Marches

The Lord Warden of the Marches was an office in the governments of Scotland and England. The holders were responsible for the security of the border between the two nations, and often took part in military action. They were also responsible, along with 'Conservators of the truce', for administering the special type of border law known as March law.

The Marches on both side of the border were traditionally split into West, Middle and East, each with their own warden answerable to the Lord Warden-general. The English Western March was based on Carlisle and the Eastern March on Berwick-upon-Tweed.

The offices became unnecessary after the union of the crowns of England and Scotland under King James in 1603.

For England

Warden of the Marches

Lord Warden of the Marches

Warden of the Eastern March

Warden of the Middle March

Warden of the Western March

For Scotland

Lord Warden-general of all the March

Warden of the Eastern March

Warden of the Middle March

Warden of the Western March

See also

References

  • Reid, Rachael Robertson (1917). "The office of warden of the marches its origin and early history". English Historical Review 32: pp. 479–96. JSTOR 550854. doi:10.1093/ehr/xxxii.cxxviii.479. 
  • Howard, Pease (1912). The lord wardens of the marches of England and Scotland: being a brief history of the marches, the laws of march, and the marchmen, together with some account of the ancient feud between England and Scotland. London: Constable. pp. 194–201.