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Gretna Green

noun
1.
a village in S Scotland, near the English border, to which many English couples formerly eloped to be married.
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Gretna Green

/ˈɡrɛtnə/
noun
1.
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)
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Word Origin and History for Gretna Green

town in Scotland just across the border, proverbial from late 18c. as the customery place for English couples to run off and be married without parental consent.

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Encyclopedia Article for Gretna Green

village in Dumfries and Galloway council area, historic county of Dumfriesshire, Scotland. It lies just north of the River Sark, the dividing line between England and Scotland, and was long famous as the goal of eloping English couples seeking hasty marriage.

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