|Tom and the statue of "Bobby"|
Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known in 19th-century Edinburgh for supposedly spending 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until he died himself on January 14, 1872.
THE STORY OF GREYFRIAR'S BOBBY:
The best known version of the story is that Bobby belonged to John Gray, a nightt watchman for the Edinburgh City Police. John Gray died after only having Bobby for 2 years, but the dog had bonded to his master. John Gray was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard, the graveyard surrounding Greyfriars Kirk in the Old Town of Edinburgh. Bobby, immediately homeless, became known locally, spending the rest of his life sitting on his master's grave where townspeople would feed him.
|"Bobby" and Robby :)|
|Nearby pub called the "Greyfriar's Bobby"|
Bobby is said to have sat by the grave for 14 years. Bobby died in 1872 and was buried just inside the gate of Greyfriars Kirkyard, not far from John Gray's grave (because local ordinances didn't allow pets to be buried in the same cemeteries as people. The ordinance said it was because it was "sacred ground" - what a lot of hooey.)
|Bobby's tombstone, about 100 feet from his master's|
STATUE TO GREYFRIAR'S BOBBY
A life-sized statue of Greyfriars Bobby was created by William Brodie in 1872. This was paid for by a local aristocrat, Baroness Burdett-Coutts and unveiled on November 15, 1873. It stands near the south (main) entrance to Greyfriars Kirkyard, at the southern end of the George IV Bridge. The monument is Edinburgh's smallest listed building!
A plaque on the statue reads "A TRIBUTE TO THE AFFECTIONATE FIDELITY OF GREYFRIAR'S BOBBY. IN 1858, THIS FAITHFUL DOG FOLLOWED THE REMAINS OF HIS MASTER TO GREYFRIAR'S CHURCHYARD AND LINGERED NEAR THE SPOT UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1872 WITH PERMISSION, ERECTED BY THE BARONESS BURDETT- COUTTS" and on the statue is written "GREYFRIAR'S BOBBY, FROM THE LIFE JUST BEFORE HIS DEATH" and "W.H. Brodie Sc RSA 1872
|tombstone of John Gray, Bobby's master|
Although we didn't know it at the time, several books and films have since been based on Bobby's life, including the novel Greyfriar's Bobby (1912) by Eleanor Atkinson and the films Greyfriars Bobby (1961) and The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby (2006).
That's one dog we'll remember for a long time, just like the people of Edinburgh have.