My Celtic Tour 12 Gretna Green, Grasmere, Liverpool

Seems I am skipping around a lot in this blog journey, I am a little out of order and sometimes I forget the correct names....Just to be clear the driver of the Jaunty carriage was Mikey, not Kevin...And he proposed marriage to one of our tour mates....was definitely fun.


But this magical place called Gretna Green was full of folklore. It is a parish in the southern area of Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, near the river Sark. The story goes, that in England or Wales the Clandestine Marriages Act of 1753 was passed. Stating that no one under the age of 21 could be married without parental consent. You guessed it the young couples just went to Gretna Green in Scotland to get married. So it is now considered the most romantic place in Scotland. and has become synonymous with runaway lower. In Scotland, they stuck to their old laws that said you could marry as long as you were over 15, not closely related to each other, and not in a relationship with anyone else. The ceremony went like this:

Are you of marriageable age? YES

Are you free to marry? YES


You are now married! Pretty simple. Some of the couples liked to have a senior and respected craftsman or artisan, to perform the ceremony. This little town had blacksmiths that fit that requirement, Blacksmiths. At the end of the ceremony, they would strike the anvil. Giving them the name "Anvil Priests". Today they still have marriages over the anvil, but with a lot more dignity