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Did you know why Gretna Green has its reputation as a romantic place to wed? In England changes in the law in 1754 meant that elopement marriages became impossible; but in Scotland until 1856 it was only necessary for couples to pronounce their wish to be man and wife before witnesses for a marriage to be considered legal. Thus Gretna, (and specifically its smithy) just over the border on the main northwest route, became the destination of choice for runaway lovers.

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