NT2573 : Greyfriars Bobby

taken 11 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

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Greyfriars Bobby
Greyfriars Bobby
William Brodie's bronze statue of 1873, on a drinking fountain paid for by Baroness Burdett-Coutts, commemorates the faithful Skye terrier that kept vigil over his master's grave in nearby Greyfriars for 14 years. Bobby was granted the freedom of the city and is buried in unconsecrated ground just inside the kirkyard entrance. His owner, John Gray, was a police night watchman, not a shepherd as depicted in the 1961 Disney film*. Bobby died in 1872 but lives on in books and films.

*Not that Disney was wholly to blame. He was clearly following the example set by the 1949 film 'Challenge To Lassie', starring Donald Crisp. It shamelessly borrowed Bobby's story but replaced him with a brown Collie. Another film, made in 2005, got Gray's occupation right, but transformed Bobby into a 'Westie' (West Highland White Terrier). When it comes to film-makers, it seems nothing is sacred.
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Monday, 6 April, 2009   (more nearby)
Thursday, 14 May, 2009
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City, Town centre 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 256 733 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.8182N 3:11.4855W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 256 733
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