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.
The machine can be found in the toilets area. It is a one die machine.
1) Blacksmith's Anvil