By Peter Orlando Hutchinson (1844)
The following Work must not
be mistaken for a fiction: it is not a fiction, it is a history. If we have
not everywhere preserved the sedate and plodding doggedness of the grave
historian, this will nothing invalidate our veracity ; for we believe we may
confidently say, that we have not brought forward any fact, professedly as
such, without having had good authority for so doing. Our materials and our
anecdotes were collected ^ in the parish of Gretna Green itself, and that,
too, 2 from such sources as may be held worthy of credit. That portion of
the Work most pleasurable to the general taste, will, perhaps, be the Second
Volume, or the portion which comes down nearer to the present day; but if
there are any persons living who have visited the Hymeneal shrine of Gretna,
(which no doubt there are,) we hope they will not feel offended at anything
these pages contain. Our purpose has not been to annoy any one, but only to
write a history.
A word for the illustrations.
The survey for the Map was made before our own eyes; and though not
trigonometrically done, we believe it to be tolerably accurate. The views
are engraved from sketches made by us on the spot, and their fidelity may be
London, December 1843.
CONTENTS OF THE FIRST VOLUME
Situation of Gretna.—The Debateable Land.—Walls of Agricola and Adrian.—Wall
of Severus.—Arthur's Court. — Arthur's Queen insulted. — Pcredur and the
Knight. — Pcredur's knight-errantry. — His Prowess.— Gwalchmai's Offer.—
Percdur and Gwalchmai.— Pere-dur's Courtship.
The Picts.—First Gretna Nuptials.—Origin of Chau-eer's "Wife's Tale."—Arthur
and the Grim Baron.— The Grim Lady.—The Secret revealed.—Gawaine's
Magnanimity.—Fetehing the Bride.—The Reward of Friendship.—The Bride's
Tale.—The First Marriage at Gretna.
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