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Broadlea of Robgill
Kirtlebridge
Lockerbie
DG11 3NB

Tel. 01461 500503
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Gretna's famous "runaway marriages" began in 1753 when Lord Hardwicke's Marriage Act was passed in England, it stated that if both parties to a marriage were not at least 21 years old, then parents had to consent to the marriage. This Act did not apply in Scotland, where it was possible for boys to marry at 14 and girls at 12 years old with or without parental consent.

Many elopers fled England, and the first Scottish village they encountered was Gretna Green. The Old Blacksmith's Shop, built around 1712, and Gretna Hall Blacksmith's Shop (1710) became, in popular folklore at least, the focal tourist points for the marriage trade. The Old Blacksmith's opened to the public as a visitor attraction as early as 1887.

The local blacksmith and his anvil have become the lasting symbols of Gretna Green weddings. Scottish law allowed for "irregular marriages", meaning that if a declaration was made before two witnesses, almost anybody had the authority to conduct the marriage ceremony. The blacksmiths in Gretna became known as "anvil priests".

Since 1929 both parties in Scotland have had to be at least 16 years old, but they still may marry without parental consent. In England and Wales, the age for marriage is now 16 with consent and 18 without.

Nowadays the name Gretna Green evokes images of history and romance and its compelling past has attracted worldwide interest. Couples continue to become part of that powerful history by marrying, under modern Scottish law, within the original Blacksmiths Shop, over the legendary Anvil.

More than 4,000 couples say 'I do' in the Gretna Green area every year - about 13 per cent of all weddings performed in Scotland!

Experienced Wedding Planners will advise you what dates are available and reserve a provisional date for you.

Below are some useful websites if you are planning on getting married in Gretna Green:

Gretna Registration Office - www.gretnaonline.net
Visit Gretna Green - www.gretnagreen.com

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Broadlea Of Robgill
Kirtlebridge Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway DG11 3NB
Phone: 01461 500503

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