Our Heritage

This area played an important part in the First World War – with local lads going to fight, The Gretna Rail Disaster at Quintinshill and the largest munitions factory in the world built here creating the new towns of Gretna & Eastriggs.

Gretna has a unique place in Scotland’s story. Created to provide housing and a community for the workers at a unique First World War munitions factory, the streets and buildings of the town have come to form an important and lasting architectural legacy.

The town’s design was overseen by one of the most influential town planners in early 20th-century Britain, Raymond Unwin. Some of the buildings have been given listed status by Historic Scotland.

Gretna was also the scene of the worst rail crash in the War years, resulting in enormous loss of life. Known simply as the Gretna disaster, or the Quintinshill Junction crash, it resulted in the destruction of a special troop train carrying about half of the 7th Battalion of the Royal Scots Guards, whose base was the Drill Hall, Dalmeny Street, in Leith. The troops were on their way south on 22 May 1915 and were due to embark for Gallipoli.

With your help we can commemorate the important heritage of our area.

HM Factory GretnaHM Factory Gretna      CWGC  War Graves & Memorials      Royal Scots   Quintinshill Rail Disaster