Greyfriars Bobby and Kirkyard

The story of Greyfriars Bobby

Greyfriars is one of Edinburgh's most famous kirkyards (cemetery). Many stories are linked to Greyfriars but the one known best is that of Greyfriars Bobby.

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The Skye terrier was a faithful dog who refused to leave the grave of his master, John Gray, a farmer from Midlothian, upon his death. John Gray took the dog to the market in Edinburgh every Wednesday. After the one o'clock gun sounded, he would have lunch in a restaurant near Greyfriars.

After his death, Bobby would continue to come to the restaurant, but only when he was forced by hunger to leave his master's grave. For 14 years he watched over the grave, stirring the emotions of the people of Edinburgh.

The gardener and keeper of Greyfriars tried on many occasions to evict Bobby but in the end they took pity on him. He was built a shelter nearby and was fed regularly. Bobby never spent a night away from his master's grave even in the most dismal weather conditions.

The story of Greyfriars Bobby -- not Greyfriars Bobbie -- spread and soon, his story became one of Edinburgh's unique stories. When Bobby died, he was buried in Greyfriars. A bronze statue was sculpted for the small dog, which now stands just outside the kirk gates.

Greyfriars Bobby is now one of the many Edinburgh attractions and a testament of a man's best friend. Travellers and visitors come to Greyfriars to learn his story and take pictures beside him.

Greyfriars Bobby in films

Over the years films and videos have been made about Greyfriars Bobby and recently, an Edinburgh toy company came up with the popular Greyfriars Bobby toy. The most popular film about Bobby was "Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog" made in 1961.

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