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Gretna, Dumfries and Galloway

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Gretna, Dumfries and Galloway

Gretna is a town in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. Because they are near the Anglo-Scottish border, nearby Gretna Green and, to a lesser extent, Gretna, are historically linked to weddings because of the more liberal marriage laws in Scotland. "Gretna" has become a term for a place for quick, easy marriages.
Post townGRETNA
Administrative CountyDumfries and Galloway
Traditional CountyDumfriesshire
OS GridNY3167
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
Police AuthorityDumfries and Galloway
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDumfries and Galloway
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDumfries and Galloway
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01461
Population2,705 (2001 Census)

Other names by which Gretna, Dumfries and Galloway has been known in the past


Gretna, Dumfries and Galloway in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Gretna (or Graitney), par. and vil. (ry. stations, Gretna and Gretna Green), Dumfries-shire, on Solway Firth -- par., 7863 ac., pop. 1212; vil. (comprising Gretna Green and Springfield), 9½ miles NW. of Carlisle; P.O., T.O.; Gretna Green was long famous for its runaway marriages.

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