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Did you have any idea what Gretna Green is famous for, before clicking on this thread?
No idea. I clicked, just to see what Gretna Green means.
No idea. But then I click on anything that you post, because you're so damned interesting and fun.
I had a vague idea of what it's all about.
Yes, I knew all about it.
Not only did I already know about it, I got married there.
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If you don't know about it, here are the basic facts:

It's a small town in Scotland, just over the northern border with England.

In ye olden dayes, young under-aged lovers from England would elope; they would cross over the border, arrive in Gretna Green, and get married there.

It's an ongoing and thriving wedding destination, although the "under-age" loophole has bottomed out at 16 years old minimum (each); Gretna Green is sort-of the "Las Vegas" of England, if you will.

I have friends who eloped and were married (in the famous blacksmith shop) in Gretna Green.
They still had to apply for an "official" marriage licence, beforehand, however.

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I believe that it was the custom of the time that the marriage was only deemed legally binding if the wife-to-be's parents paid a dowry of freshly harvested Haggis equivalent in weight to that of said wife.
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AdrianPHague wrote:
I believe that it was the custom of the time that the marriage was only deemed legally binding if the wife-to-be's parents paid a dowry of freshly harvested Haggis equivalent in weight to that of said wife.

sheep for wife?
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Blackpool is the uk equivelant of Las Vegas . 1 hour drive from where we live.

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mafman6 wrote:
AdrianPHague wrote:
I believe that it was the custom of the time that the marriage was only deemed legally binding if the wife-to-be's parents paid a dowry of freshly harvested Haggis equivalent in weight to that of said wife.

sheep for wife?
Sheep for wed
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biffta wrote:
Blackpool is the uk equivelant of Las Vegas . 1 hour drive from where we live.

SARFENED!
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And (close to the heart of Chit-Chatters) if a married couple in medieval England were able to prove, after a year and a day of marriage, that they were still a happy couple, they would be awarded a side of bacon. Often known as the Dunmow flitch.
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batdog wrote:
And (close to the heart of Chit-Chatters) if a married couple in medieval England were able to prove, after a year and a day of marriage, that they were still a happy couple, they would be awarded a side of bacon. Often known as the Dunmow flitch.

That's way cool!
And now I'm wondering if there were flitches being burned at the stake, during the Flitch Trials, and someone in Salem misheard and only thought it was witches.
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o I click on ALL the chit chat posts.
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batdog wrote:
And (close to the heart of Chit-Chatters) if a married couple in medieval England were able to prove, after a year and a day of marriage, that they were still a happy couple, they would be awarded a side of bacon. Often known as the Dunmow flitch.

I believe that's where the phrase "bringing home the bacon" came from.

Really!
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slatersteven wrote:
SARFENED!

I always spelled it "wiv free As and an F, innit . . ."
Saaafend - wasn't born there, don't live there, not an Essex Boy (despite a dozen years living there, and family still in "Westcliff actually").

As for the OP, I had to explain Gretna Green to my wife when it showed up in Downton Abbey Season 2.
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It's mentioned in Pride and Prejudice.
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Koldfoot wrote:
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Where's the Elvis impersonator?


That's him in front with the outrageous wig and smoking the shoulder bong.
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Rabid wrote:
That's him in front with the outrageous wig and smoking the shoulder bong.
/cool Oftimes, he'll even 'sport a blunt' as during then he would also "loudly & laudly" exclaim: "KARGLESNARFRINDER!" of which 'translated' meant:
"och Mate, wot makes ya tink I'm French?" whistle
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