Tagged with Gretna green

Clandestine Marriages

A bit of historical romance to celebrate International Women’s Day, from the wonderful Highways & Byways series: One of the famous images of 18th century England, often repeated in cheap novels was the young heiress inveigled by an unscrupulous seducer to flee with him to be married at Gretna Green, pursued by relatives attempting to … Continue reading

A Law unto Himself

This comes from Laurence Stone’s brilliant, huge book The Road to Divorce: One of he dominant figures in English divorce law of the late 18th century was Lord Erskine as council for plantiffs who did brilliant work standing up for the misbehaving wives. His wife died in 1805 and had been having a long term … Continue reading