By Photogen

Greyfriars Bobby - An Edinburgh legend.

Bobby was a magnificent wee Skye Terrier. He and his master John Gray, a police watchman in the mid 19th century, always patrolled through the old cobbled streets of Edinburgh together. Sadly John caught TB and was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard.  Bobby touched the hearts of the local people when he refused to leave his master’s graveside. In due course Bobby’s licence was paid and he was given a collar with a brass inscription “Greyfriars Bobby from the Lord Provost 1867 licensed”. This can be seen at the Museum of Edinburgh. For fourteen years John’s faithful dog kept constant watch over the grave until its own death in 1872. The pub of the same name opposite the graveyard is a wonderful traditional city hostelry with Bobby's statue outside atop a granite fountain.

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