Spacious, classy and unique, the Sheridan Grant Suite is a beautiful choice of accommodation for your Gretna Green wedding or for any special occasion. Relax in all spaces of this fantastic room with a stunning super-king-sized bed, separate seating area and contemporary bathroom with two-person rainforest shower.
Hidden within the Sheridan Grant Suite, you’ll find an incredible secret. Book your luxury stay to discover…
The story behind the room
In May of 1835, Robert Brinsley Sheridan appeared at Gretna Hall to be married to Marcia Maria Grant only surviving child and heiress of Sir Colquhoun Grant of Frampton Court. They had two ceremonies; the first being held on the 17th May and the second on the 20th May. There are two entries in the register, one for each date. The reasons for this are not clear — were they being followed and did Mr. Linton, the innkeeper and blacksmith priest, hide them in the secret room contained within this suite? The groom was a grandson of the poet Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816), who himself had run away to France. He became acquainted with a Miss Linley whose home was in Bath but who sang oratorios in Oxford. She was being pursued by a Major Matthews, and in order to escape his attentions asked Sheridan to take her to France where she hoped to obtain safe refuge in a convent. Sheridan’s sisters were aware of the scheme and gave it their approval and support. Sheridan convoyed Miss Linley to France, but said he would not leave her in a convent unless she first promised to marry him. She consented and a priest near Calais married them. This was a valid marriage but they looked upon it only as a betrothal. However, the lady’s father appeared and took her back to Bath. Major Matthews meanwhile, defamed Sheridan. There was a duel, Matthews was defeated and had to beg for his life. In 1772 there was a second duel and this time Sheridan was seriously wounded. Sheridan was now 21, but both fathers refused their consent. He went to Waltham Abbey, studied hard and entered the Middle Temple on 6th April 1773 and married his ladylove on the 13th. Her father consented but he looked upon it as a disgrace! After all this excitement, the wedding of his grandson seems quite tame in comparison but there is no doubt that Sheridan grew up with the knowledge of his grandfather’s romantic exploits and decided to continue the tradition!