#NATIONALSTORYTELLINGWEEK – DAY THREE – GREYFRIARS BOBBY
THE STORY OF A DOG AND HIS HEARTBREAKING LOYALTY TO HIS OWNER
Greyfriars Bobby is possibly one of Edinburgh’s best known stories. The story has even been made into a couple of films, including one by Walt Disney!
Bobby was a watch dog owned by a police constable called John Gray. His master sadly died in 1858 and Bobby spent the rest of his days lying on his master’s grave in Greyfriars Kirkyard (now very haunted.) The keeper of the kirkyard tried to evict poor heartbroken Bobby on many occasions, however, he failed every time. Bobby would not leave the grave of his owner. In the end, the keeper relented and gave him some shelter by John Gray’s grave.
There is a rumour, unable to be proven fact or fiction, that on hearing the one o’clock gun, Greyfriars Bobby would leave the grave for the nearby coffee house which he frequented with his master and there he would receive a meal. Bobby was beloved by all the local people and they were all happy to look after him.
For fourteen years until his death in 1872, Bobby never left his masters side.
The statue of Greyfriars Bobby is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Edinburgh, it is located in front of Greyfriars Kirkyard where Bobby has a memorial headstone where people often place sticks.