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Tartan Details - Gretna Green

The information held within The Scottish Register of Tartans for the "Gretna Green" tartan is shown below. 

STA ref: 5119
STWR ref: none
Designer: Buchan, Alistair
Tartan date: 01/01/1996
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Fashion
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Registration notes: Designed in 1996 by Lochcarron for Tartan & Tweeds of Gretna Green. Gretna Green became famous for runaway marriages when 'irregular' marriages were banned by law in England in 1753. Couples were able to run to Scotland and become legally married by proclamation in front of two witnesses. This form of marriage was recognised worldwide. From the middle of the 18th century these marriages were in such demand that the blacksmith, conveniently situated on the crossroads at Gretna Green, became known as the 'anvil priest', giving birth to the anvil as the symbol of Gretna Green. Many couples are still married at the original smithy while many others, although married elsewhere, visit Gretna Green to take the traditional Scottish oath. The Gretna Green tartan reflects the twin influences of this history and that of the powerful border clan Johnstone, so influential in this area of Dumfriesshire, on which this tartan is based. Sample in Scottish Tartans Authority's Johnston Collection.
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