Gretna Green, Dumfries
Gretna Green, Scotland, DG16 5EA
Phone: 01461 336001
The local blacksmith and his anvil have become the lasting symbols of Gretna Green weddings. Scottish law allowed for "irregular marriages", meaning that if a declaration was made before two witnesses, almost anybody had the authority to conduct the marriage ceremony. The blacksmiths in Gretna became known as "anvil priests", culminating with Richard Rennison, who performed 5,147 ceremonies.
Machine 1 can be found in the toilets area. It is a one die machine.
Design is: 1) Blacksmith's Anvil
Design is: 1) Blacksmith's Anvil,
2/22/18: Second machine with same design with slight differences to the anvil and letter sizes can be found at the end of the museum tour on the right opposite the exit door that leads to the whisky shop, this wooden cabinet machine was the first to be installed here and still in good working order, other machine rolls longer. S Shand.