"Gretna Green"
Old Blacksmith of Gretna Green
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 Gretna Green is a small Scottish village just across the border from England.

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As the laws regarding marriage differed in England and Scotland, underaged English couples who wished to marry without their parents' consent would traditionally elope to Gretna Green. Scottish law also permitted weddings to be conducted by almost anybody, so long as there were two witnesses. Consequently, many weddings were performed at the old blacksmith's.