THE STATUE OF GREYFRIARS BOBBY
The statue is located at George IV Street
Bobby was described as a Skye Terrier
dog that became famous in 19th-century Edinburgh, Scotland.
Bobby belonged to John Gray, who
worked for the Edinburgh City Police as a night watchman, and the
two were inseparable for approximately two years. Then, on 15 February
1858, Gray died of tuberculosis. He was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard,
the graveyard surrounding Greyfriars Kirk in the Old Town of Edinburgh.
Bobby, who survived John Gray by 14 years, is said to have spent
the rest of his life sitting on his master's grave. A more realistic
account has it that he spent a great deal of time at Gray's grave,
but that he left regularly for meals at a restaurant beside the
graveyard, and may have spent colder winters in nearby houses.
In 1867, when it was pointed out
that an unowned dog should be destroyed, the Lord Provost of Edinburgh,
Sir William Chambers (who was also a director of the Scottish Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), paid for a renewal of
Bobby's licence, making him the responsibility of the city council.
Bobby died in 1872 and could not
be buried within the cemetery itself, since it was consecrated ground,
instead he was buried just inside the gate of Greyfriars Kirkyard,
not far from John Gray's grave. His headstone states, "Greyfriars
Bobby - died 14th January 1872 - aged 16 years - Let his loyalty
and devotion be a lesson to us all".
His intense loyalty made Bobby popular
with dog lovers, who spread and embellished the story.
Today, a small statue of Greyfriars
Bobby stands in front of a pub, also called Greyfriars Bobby, which
is located in front of Greyfriars kirkyard. The statue originally
faced toward the graveyard and pub but has since been turned around,
allegedly by a previous landlord of the pub so that the pub would
appear in the background of the many photographs that are taken
Guided tours of the kirkyard are
given by a number of groups, including the Greyfriars Bobby Walking
Theatre and the Greyfriars Kirkyard Trust.
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