Arriving at Edinburgh
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After our second plane of the day (we had a stop at Gatwick´s airport), we finally arrived at
Our youth hostel, Castle Rock, was just at the very heart of the city, right beside
We had a walk up and down the Royal Mile, stopping at St. Giles´ Cathedral, at The Hub (Tolbooth Kirk), at Deacon Brodie´s Tavern, etc.
We could see the Castle from
At the end of the day, before having at last a rest, we went to Greyfriars´ Bobby´s tomb.
John Gray a gardener, together with his wife Jess and son John arrived in
To keep him company through the long winter nights John took on a partner, a diminutive Skye Terrier, his ‘watchdog’ called Bobby. Together John and Bobby became a familiar sight trudging through the old cobbled streets of
The years on the streets appear to have taken their toll on John, as he was treated by the Police Surgeon for tuberculosis.
John eventually died of the disease on the 15th February 1858 and was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard.
The gardener and keeper of Greyfriars tried on many occasions to evict Bobby from the Kirkyard. In the end he gave up and provided a shelter for Bobby by placing sacking beneath two tablestones at the side of John Gray’s grave.
Bobby’s fame spread throughout
Bobby would follow William Dow, a local joiner and cabinet maker to the same Coffee House that he had frequented with his now dead master, where he was given a meal.
The kind folk of
Baroness Angelia Georgina Burdett-Coutts, President of the Ladies Committee of the RSPCA, was so deeply moved by his story that she asked the City Council for permission to erect a granite fountain with a statue of Bobby placed on top.
William Brody sculptured the statue from life, and it was unveiled without ceremony in November 1873, opposite Greyfriars Kirkyard. And it is with that, that
Bobby's headstone reads "Greyfriars Bobby - died 14th January 1872 - aged 16 years - Let his loyalty and devotion be a lesson to us all"