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Marriages in Scotland, Gretna Green

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+++DetEcTive+++ Report 17 Apr 2013 10:12

It's great to see someone 'new' giving suggestions/advice on look-up threads.

Most times it's worth having a read of the whole thread in case the information has already been given/found. At least Fiona was able to give the current costs which was new info to the thread ;-)

Not to worry - keep up the good work :-D


SylviaInCanada Report 17 Apr 2013 04:15


Horrace is looking for a marriage in 1984.

and DET has already given the informtion re Scotland's People


fionalesley Report 17 Apr 2013 00:31

Horace, you can view the images of Scottish marriages, online, from 1855 - 1935 on scotlandspeople. If you wish to see a later dated one then you'd need to send away for it. £7 will give you 30 credits which are valid for one year. To view an index costs 1 credit, & a further 5 credits allows you to see the image. hope this helps.


SylviaInCanada Report 7 Apr 2013 04:25


yes, it does seem a hard image to conjure up

<3 <3


Renes Report 5 Apr 2013 08:36


Hard to imagine you as a "callow youth". <3


Porkie_Pie Report 4 Apr 2013 23:49

I got married at Gretna Green over the anvil in the original blacksmith shop but the marriage was conducted by a retired minister who donated the fee to charity



SylviaInCanada Report 4 Apr 2013 19:11

My father went on a coach tour around 1968/69 that included an hour or so in Gretna Green

He was widowed by then ..........

........... and "married" one of the women on the trip "over the anvil" as a joke!

I was over here by that time, and got a postcard announcing the "marriage" :-D :-D


Jonesey Report 4 Apr 2013 18:16

As a callow youth in 1966 I went on holiday to Scotland with the then 17 year old girlfriend. We stopped in Gretna Green where we purchased a "Marriage" certificate from the old blacksmiths gift shop. To make the picture complete we then bought a brass "Wedding" ring elsewhere.

On returning home we announced our marriage to her mother, who shall I say was not best pleased. When we eventually explained that we were having a joke her mother hit me. :-D


Renes Report 4 Apr 2013 17:23

Have to say as a little girl ... I always said I was going to marry over the anvil

with my pony as my bridesmaid ......



mgnv Report 29 Mar 2013 02:10

The old style marriage over the anvil by the village blacksmith type marriage was abolished in (1 think) 1929.


Horrace Report 28 Mar 2013 11:22

Thanks for that info Detective, much obliged.



+++DetEcTive+++ Report 28 Mar 2013 11:04

Try Scotlandspeople, a pay to view site for all Scottish records.

You may be able to make a free search, buy credits to view the index results, then you'd would have to send off for the certificate for full details


Horrace Report 28 Mar 2013 10:55

Thank you Mel !

The marriage I'm seeking info on was in 1984, so it's a bit too late for us!

Thank you, nevertheless!


Horrace Report 28 Mar 2013 10:37

Is it at all possible to obtain the data for marriages at the Gretna Green forge? ;-)