Number of Marriages at Gretna Continue to Rise
1 August 2001
More couples chose to get married at Gretna last year than at any time since civil registration was introduced in 1855, a report published today by the Registrar General for Scotland has found.
The Occasional Paper titled: Marriages at Gretna, 1975-2000 reveals that there were 5,278 marriages in the year 2000. The most popular month for marriages at Gretna was August, whereas September was the favourite for Scotland as a whole.
The paper also shows:
- That over the last twenty five years the number of marriages at Gretna has increased from 100 a year in the mid-1970's to over 5,000 in 2000.
- That the majority of couples marrying at Gretna are from England, but an increasing number of couples are from outside the United Kingdom.
- The striking rise in religious marriages during the 1990s, from under 30 in 1992 to nearly 3,000 in 2000.
Notes For News Editors
- Additional detail on marriages and divorces in Scotland in 2000 were published in Sections 7 and 8 of The Registrar General's Annual Report for 2000 on 30 July 2000. A copy of the report can be obtained from the GROS website at: www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/statistics/library/annrep/00annrep/index.html or from GROS Statistics Customer Services using our Contact Form.