Many self-appointed “priests” ran wedding shops in Gretna for those who wanted a quickie wedding, but one of the most famous was Graitney Hall. It was run first by David Lang, then his son Simon, and later by a family friend.
The marriage registers kept by Lang and his successors between 1750 and 1834 contain the names of nearly 25,000 individuals—about 50% of the marriages approximated to have occurred in Gretna during those years.
For some time the Lang Registers have been held at the Institute of Genealogical and Heraldic Studies, one of our partners in preserving and making genealogical records available to the public.
When we learned about the Lang papers, we felt it was too great a collection not to help preserve and make available to the public. We offered to do the necessary conservation work and to get the registers to a place where they could be digitized and put online.
Now how is that for a possible romance: the couple doing the preservation of a few thousand marriages between people who ran for the border…for luuuuuurve™ (and not Taco Bell).
Thanks to Jean for the link.
In much less awesome news, shoplifting books from bookstores is an ever-abiding crime, especially now. I am especially curious about the provenance of this statistic:
Only 40 percent of books that are read are paid for, and only 28 percent are purchased new, said Peter Hildick-Smith of the Codex Group, a consultant to the publishing industry. The rest are shared, borrowed, given away — or stolen.
Thanks to Darlynne for the link.
If that leaves you bummed out (pun intended), have a look at MelJean Brook’s brilliant visual essay on BookPorn.
Thanks to Sylvia for the link.
Stay tuned for a most excellent Caption That Cover contest tomorrow. It’ll make you look at tightie whities in a whole new way!