Andrew Lyon

The whole district is renowned in Border story and until 1865 there was at Coldstream an old  house in which , in 1659, General Monk formed the regiment now famous as the Coldstream Guards. Coldstream was formerly a resort of couples who wished to enter into hurried and informal marriages of the Gretna Green type. An advertisement by Andrew Lyon , a shop keeper in Coldstream, stated that he could be found “Any time his devices may be required by any person visiting the Hymeneal Shrine” In a little shop near was a notice “Ginger beer sold here and marriages performed”

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