A False Alarm on the Road to Gretna and One Mile from Gretna.

Reeve, Richard and Richard Gilson Reeves (after Charles B. Newhouse).

Published by B. Moss & Co., late 19th cent.
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Two original late 19th-cent. hand-colored aquatints measuring approximately 11 x 16 inches (28 x 41 cm.). Matted and framed. The unpretentious little village of Gretna Green located one mile inside the boarders of Scotland on the historic coaching road between London and Edinburgh, and as such, was the goal of enterprising runaway couples from England. Under a more liberal Scottish law that existed before 1856, all that was needed to constitute legal marriage was a solemn declaration of willingness, before two witnesses: residential qualifications were not necessary. The enterprising blacksmith at Gretna Green, for a consideration of course, would hastily perform the rough and ready formalities. He did rather well with his sideline, joining over 1,000 in wedlock in front of his anvil. Once the word got about of the lucrative trade, the Innkeeper of the Toll Inn decided that he too should get a piece of the action, over and above his tariff for lodgings, performing an 'all in' package for some 1,300 in six years. Bookseller Inventory # 12-0302

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Title: A False Alarm on the Road to Gretna and One ...

Publisher: B. Moss & Co., late 19th cent.

Book Condition: Good

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