NT2573 : Greyfriars Bobby's Grave

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Greyfriars Bobby's Grave
Greyfriars Bobby's Grave
The memorial stone erected in front of Greyfriars Kirk in 1981 to mark the grave of 'Greyfriars Bobby'. The inscription reads:

Greyfriars Bobby
Died 14 January 1872
Aged 16 years
Let his Loyalty and Devotion
Be a lesson to us all

Erected by the Dog Aid Society of
Scotland and Unveiled by H.R.H.
The Duke of Gloucester G.C.V.O
On 13th May 1981

See also NT2573 : Greyfriars Kirkyard and John Gray's Grave for the matching stone at the site of Bobby's vigil.
Greyfriars Bobby
Bobby was a Skye Terrier, belonging to Police Constable John Grey in Edinburgh’s Old Town. After John died of pulmonary tuberculosis in 1857, he was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard and according to tradition his dog, Bobby was allowed to follow the funeral procession. After the grave had been closed, Bobby lay on the freshly made mound of earth. Gardeners and gravediggers attempted to shoo him away, but Bobby always returned.

After a few days, the curator took pity on the faithful animal and gave him some food. Bobby made the Kirkyard his home and kept up his vigil for many years, becoming a familiar sight in and around the church yard where he could be seen at almost any time during the day. He made many friends and became quite a celebrity. Kind neighbours gave him blankets and food and, when a law was passed requiring unlicensed dogs to be put down, Edinburgh’s Lord Provost paid for Bobby’s collar and licence.

Bobby died on 14th January 1872 aged sixteen (a grand age for a dog, particularly in nineteenth century Edinburgh). Friends buried him in the triangular flower bed beneath the tree in front of the old Greyfriars Kirk, near to his master. He could not be buried next to John Grey because it would not be allowed for a dog to be buried on consecrated ground. They marked the spot with a stone but it was later removed.

In 1981, two red granite headstones were erected, one marking Bobby’s Grave and one at John Grey’s Grave.

LinkExternal link - A more detailed account of Bobby’s Story

The story of Greyfriars Bobby is a heart warming tale and there are records backing up the details, but over the years, some people have tried to claim that the story was some kind of hoax, eg most recently in this Daily Mail report LinkExternal link
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