a village in S Scotland, near the English border, to which many English couples formerly eloped to be married.
a village in S Scotland, in Dumfries and Galloway on the border with England: famous smithy where eloping couples were married by the blacksmith from 1754 until 1940, when such marriages became illegal. Pop: 2705 (2001)

town in Scotland just across the border, proverbial from late 18c. as the customery place for English couples to run off and be married without parental consent.


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