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Greyfriars Bobby

 

Greyfriars Bobby. Greyfriars Bobby's owner, John Gray, worked for the Edinburgh Police Force as a night watchman until he died of tuberculosis on 15th February 1858. He was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard, the graveyard surrounding Greyfriars Kirk in the Old Town of Edinburgh. Bobby is said to have spent the rest of his life sitting on his master's grave.

 

A more truthful account has it that he spent a great deal of time at Gray's grave, but that he left regularly for meals at a restaurant beside the graveyard, and may have spent colder winters in nearby houses. In 1867, when it was pointed out that an unowned dog should be put down, the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Sir William Chambers, paid for a renewal of Bobby's licence, making him the responsibility of the city council. Bobby passed away in 1872 and could not be buried within the cemetery itself, since it was consecrated ground, instead he was buried just inside the gate of Greyfriars Kirkyard, not far from John Gray's grave. His headstone states, "Greyfriars Bobby, died 14th January 1872, aged 16 years. Let his loyalty and devotion be a lesson to us all".

Greyfriars Bobby Offers a retelling of the true story of Bobby, the Scottish Skye Terrier whose devotion to his master beyond the grave has captured hearts for many decades. This work portrays the story as accurately as possible and utilizes the illustrations of Sally J Collins.

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