The southern Alternative to Gretna Green

Laurie Alice Eakes, at Regency Reflections, posts today about an alternative to tried and true Lover’s Run Scotland.

Southern Honeymoon Hotspot

From An Alternative Elopement:

Guernsey is closer to France than England. Although it belongs to England, many of the laws differ from those of England. The marriage laws are one of those even today.

So many couples eloped to Guernsey that tracking the history of residents of the island has proven difficult, for distinguishing those who simply arrived in St. Peter Port to get married in haste, from those who lived on the island and married in the same parish, isn’t easy two hundred years later. Genealogists have focused on whether or not couples later baptized their children in that same parish in order to trace ancestry to Guernsey.

Lots of interesting plot ideas involved with this bit of information.

Take care–Susan Kaye


8 thoughts on “The southern Alternative to Gretna Green

    1. Susan Kaye Post author

      Sorry, Gayle, no Island Hopping for FW and Anne. At least not by my hand. FW is still languishing in Lady D’s attic and in the middle of something odd involving chaps and a smile. Too many other things on my plate.


  1. Annette Wristen

    That’s not fair! I am in the middle of trying to plan a quicky wedding for my couple, but they want to do it in a way that will speed the modern Spousal Visa laws. In other words, no Vegas wedding for this couple. So Guernsey won’t work either. 🙂


    1. Susan Kaye Post author

      Speeding anything to do with the government is a losing and disappointing proposition, I think. Maybe you can make up some arcane local laws in an out-of-the-way state which might help you out. Fiction, the great work around!


    1. Susan Kaye Post author

      I had never heard of it either, Sophia Rose. The Channel Islands being duel in nature, and laws apparently, they could be a good setting for a novel. I do know that they were a important in smuggling on top of everything else.



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