In order to locate the statue of Greyfriars Bobby, locate the Greyfriars Bobby Pub, turn your back to it and you should see the statue. It was much smaller than I thought it would be, I walked right past it on the first shot, not sure why I thought a statue of a Skye Terrier would be big.
There are at least two versions of the Greyfriars Bobby story, the Disney version and the version written in a book, but the essential elements are the same.
The Disney version has Bobby running away from home to stay with farmhand Old Jock, the book version has Bobby's owner as a policeman named John Gray. From there the stories stay the same, Jock/John was buried in Greyfriars Kirk (churchyard). Bobby kept watch over his unmarked grave for 14 years, laying on the grave leaving only for food when the one o'clock gun at Edinburgh Castle went off. He was said to frequent a local coffeeshop or restaurant that his master frequented.
Since Bobby no longer belonged to anyone and a law was passed that required all dogs to be licensed in the city or they would be destroyed, the Lord Provost of Edinburgh paid Bobby's licence and gave him a collar with a brass inscription "Greyfriars Bobby from the Lord Provost 1867 licensed". You can see the collar at the Museum of Edinburgh on the Royal Mile.
The Disney movie, "Greyfriars Bobby", is a sweet, heartwarming film should you want to see it before you head to Edinburgh.
Now this is a story that tugs at the heartstrings of dog lovers everywhere! In 1852, a police officer named John Gray died of tuberculosis and was buried in Greyfriars Churchyard. His little Sky Terrier dog, named Bobby, was so faithfully devoted to its master that it kept watch over the man's grave day and night for fourteen years until its own death in 1872.
Bobby would only leave the churchyard once a day on hearing Edinburgh Castle's "one o'clock gun" to have lunch with the sergeant who was responsible for the firing the cannon. The dog's devotion touched people so much that they came from all over the country to watch him, feed him, and they even built him a shelter. A baroness named Angela Burdett Coutts, the wealthiest woman in England, was so touched by the story that after Bobby's death she had a granite fountain bearing a life-size statue of the dog erected in its honour. The little bronze statue was sculpted by William Brodie (not the famous "Jekyll and Hyde" William Brodie), unveiled without ceremony in 1873, and has become one of the most photographed in all of Edinburgh. Bobby was buried in the churchyard near his master. Several movies have been made about him over the years. There's a pub near the statue called "Greyfriars Bobby's Bar", where you can raise a pint and toast the city's most famous and loyal pet!
Located at the top of Candlemakers row, outside the Greyfriars Churchyard.
Greyfriars Bobbie which is not that far off the Royal Mile. My good friends know how I love dogs and I have a special story that is close to my heart.
The story of the Greyfriars Bobbie is about a dog who was so loyal to his master, that after he died, the dog was seen at the gravesite until he himself died.
Dogs are amazing, I have 2 of them that I love dearly.
Quite a unique and remarkable church building, resembling a dutch barn. It was built in 1620 and subsequently added to and altered throught its history.
Not exactly "off the beaten path" but it's a little way off the Royal Mile and might be missed by some.
The kirkyard (churchyard) of Greyfriars houses a fine collection of memorials and graves. Some very prominent scots are buried here, and a panel in the churchyard names them and show the location of their graves. 99% of visitors to the churchyard though are onlye here to see one "resident" - Greyfriars Bobby...
Greyfriars Bobby - this is a legendary figure in Edinburgh. Bobby was the dog of a John Grey and when he died, the dog made his home by his grave in Greyfriars churchyard and stayed there until his own death some 14 years later. This is his grave.
A memorial to the dog stands outside the churchyard on the corner of George IV Bridge and Candlemaker Row.
GrayfriarIn 1858 this faithful Skye terrier followed the remains of his master, John Gray, to Greyfriars churchyard. After the interment, the dog refused to leave the graveside. For the next 14 years, until his own death, Bobby was never far from the churchyard. A shelter was constructed there for him, and he was given his food regularly in the kitchens of dining rooms nearby. When the question of his licence arose, the lord provost of the day paid it personally.
The touching story of the little dog's fidelity spread everywhere. Travellers went to the churchyard especially to observe the famous Bobby. One of these, the philanthropist Baroness Burdett Coutts, was so impressed that she was instrumental in having the statue sculpted. The monument was unveiled in 1873, not long after Greyfriars Bobby died. He is now buried within the churchyard.
A film was made in the 1950's commemeration this little dogs life.
Can I have a dog like this? Popular legend has it that a terrier stayed by his master's grave for 14 years after he died in the 19th century.
The local dog was so popular they built a statue for him
Has a cool, eerie gothic cemetery which is said to be very haunted. Take a walk down Covenanters' Row at night if you dare.