Gretna Green


Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.

Gretna Green,

village, Dumfries and Galloway, S Scotland, on the border with England. It was famous as a place of runaway marriages from 1754, when English marriage law was tightened, until 1856, when a law was passed requiring that one of the parties to marriage in Scotland must reside in Scotland for at least 21 days before issuance of the license.

Gretna Green

place in Scotland, just across the English border, where elopers could be married without formalities. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 418]

Gretna Green

a village in S Scotland, in Dumfries and Galloway on the border with England: famous smithy where eloping couples were married by the blacksmith from 1754 until 1940, when such marriages became illegal. Pop.: 2705 (2001)
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
We love to help visitors experience part of Gretna Green living history and we thank all our loyal customers for visiting us.
With Gretna Green perfectly placed to take advantage of the differences in the two countries' marriage laws and with an angry father-of-the-bride usually in hot pursuit, the runaway couple could not waste time.
You are my breath, my stallion and you give me the wind Wedding vow They opted to marry at wedding capital Gretna Green after hearing about the "theatrical side" of many of the 5000 weddings that are carried out in the small Scots town every year.
They decided Gretna Green was the only option and hatched an elaborate plan.
Highlights & inclusions A visit to Edinburgh and a seat for the Tattoo Discover Gretna Green Two nights' bed and Scottish breakfast accommodation at a hotel in the Ayrshire or Strathclyde area Coach travel from the local area Escorted by a friendly tour manager QUOTE NEC Call 0191 300 2185 Visit newmarket.
The cabinet in Gretna Green is one of the last to go live in the historic village, where nearly one in four premises has already connected to the new high-speed network.
They ran away when they were 14 and planned to get married at Gretna Green when they turned 16.
A total of 42 ceremonies were carried out in Gretna Green, in Dumfries and Galloway, with couples travelling from across the country to make their vows.
No stranger to the club, having enjoyed an extensive work placement at Colliers Park during his training, the new man will accompany the Dragons on their two-day visit to Gretna Green this weekend .
Peter Kirk and Caroline Taylor were also in Scotland after eloping to Gretna Green in traditional style and getting hitched at the famous blacksmith's shop.
Return coach travel 2 nights' bed and Scottish breakfast accommodation in a 3hotel in the Ayrshire or Strathclyde area A seat for the Edinburgh Tattoo Entrance to the Royal Yacht Britannia Visits to Moffat and Gretna Green The services of a Tour Manager For a brochure call: or to book call: 0151 227 5987 0845 226 9732 (All calls charged at local rate) Quoting Code LPE Book online at: www.