Greyfriars Bobby

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Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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The legend of Greyfriars Bobby. Oct 27, 2017
Bobby was a Skye terrier adopted and owned by John Gray a policeman and nightwatchman in Edinburgh.They were inseperable for a couple of years until John died of tuberculosis in 1858 and was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard.During a further 14 years, so the legend goes, Bobby sat on his masters grave. The guardian tried to evict him from the cemetery but he always came back until finally he took pity on him and built a shelter and fed him. Bobby eventually died in 1872 and is buried just inside the main gate to the cemetery on Candlemaker Row.The pub that bears his name was built in 1893 and adjoins a row of houses dating from 1722. The same year as the death of the little dog a fountain and a statue were built just opposite the pub and the main gate to the cemetery.
Statue and fountain of "Greyfriars…
Bobby's grave
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pfsmalo says:
A drummer !!!!What state were you in ?
Posted on: Oct 28, 2017
davejo says:
^Isaw this two years ago but unfortunately i did not enter the pub as it was 9 am. ^would like to know if there is more info or items of interest in the pub
Posted on: Oct 27, 2017
AdamR3723 says:
Man's best friend - this helps prove it!
Posted on: Oct 27, 2017
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The Truth Feb 05, 2017
The statue of a little loyal dog, called Greyfriars Bobby, is based upon a true story. Of course it’s true. It has to be. Walt Disney made a family film in 1963 called ‘Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of A Dog’. The story goes that a gardener called John Gray arrived in Edinburgh in 1850 with his family. The only job he could find was that as a night watchman for the Police. At some point he acquired a Skye Terrier called Bobby who would accompany him on his nightly rounds. John Gray died of tuberculosis on 15th February 1858. He was buried in the nearby Greyfriars Kirkyard. And then the story really begins. Bobby was distraught and began to appear and sleep on his owner’s grave.

This was not appreciated by the Grave Keeper was unhappy with this arrangement and kept chasing Bobby away. And then Bobby would return. He finally gave in and even erected some shelter at the grave for Bobby. Over the next 14 years Bobby had a schedule of leaving the grave every day when the nearby Edinburgh Castle sounded its one o'clock gun. He would join a local cabinet maker at a nearby coffeehouse where he received a complimentary meal.

Bobby became famous and people would even gather to watch this daily routine like the changing of the guard. In 1867 the city passed a law to try and restrict the amount of feral dogs. Unlicensed dogs were destroyed. Sir William Chambers, The Lord Provost of Edinburgh himself, paid Bobby's licence and presented him with a collar. On it is a brass inscription with "Greyfriars Bobby from the Lord Provost 1867 licensed". This collar and Bobby’s bowl are on display today in the Edinburgh Museum.

Bobby passed away himself in 1872. A small pink granite gravestone marks his resting place just inside the entrance to Greyfriars Kirkyard. Bobby's headstone is inscribed "Greyfriars Bobby - died 14th January 1872 - aged 16 years - Let his loyalty and devotion be a lesson to us all". The President of the Ladies Committee of the RSPCA, Baroness Angelia Georgina Burdett-Coutts, convinced the City Government to erect a granite fountain with a statue of Bobby on the top. This was sculpted by local artist William and it was erected in November 1873.

The first inkling that something about this story does not quite ring true is that the first person to write about Bobby was author Eleanor Atkinson. She wrote a NOVEL about Bobby in 1912. There were multiple paintings made of Bobby while he was in the graveyard for 14 years. However, the paintings over the year are easily recognised as 2 different dogs. The true story may just be that the first Bobby was a stray who came to live in the graveyard because the Grave Keeper took good care of him. Remember he built him a shelter? And if he kept sleeping on one grave, just maybe people thought he belonged to the person buried below. And the second dog? Maybe the Grave Keeper found a second stray. And the stories about John Gray vary as well. In some versions he is just a Night watchman and in others he is Police Officer. The one thing that is for sure is that Mr. Gray is buried 2.5 miles away from here. So what grave was the dog guarding? Maybe he was safeguarding the livelihood of small traders making money off the tourists.

The best thing to do is go to the nearby Greyfriars Bobby Pub and get involved with the debate over a beer or 2 about a dog – or is it 2?
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