See also...

It's all in your hands... It's all in your hands...


# Les Statues et les sculptures # # Les Statues et les sculptures #


" A 100 % CATS and DOGS group " " A 100 % CATS and DOGS group "


Tolerance Tolerance


Historical & Architectural Gems Historical & Architectural Gems


VPU (Up and running) VPU (Up and running)


250+ Visits (250-1000000) 250+ Visits (250-1000000)


i-Central i-Central


See more...

Keywords

memorial
architecture
dog
Greyfriars Bobby
Skye Terrier


Authorizations, license

Visible by: Everyone
All rights reserved

Photo replaced on March  2, 2018
413 visits

Greyfriars Bobby

Greyfriars Bobby
Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known in 19th-century Edinburgh, Scotland, after reportedly spending fourteen years guarding his owner's grave, until his own death on 14 January 1872.

A year after the dog died, the philanthropist Lady Burdett-Coutts had a statue and fountain erected to commemorate him. Several books and films have been based on Bobby's life, including Greyfriars Bobby by Eleanor Atkinson and the films Greyfriars Bobby (1961, Walt Disney Productions) and The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby 2006

Bobby belonged to John Gray, who worked for the Edinburgh City Police as a night watchman, and the two were inseparable for approximately two years. On 15 February 1858 Gray died of tuberculosis. He was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard, the graveyard surrounding Greyfriars Kirk in the Old Town of Edinburgh. Bobby, who survived Gray by fourteen years, is said to have spent the rest of his life sitting on his master's grave. A more realistic account [citation needed] 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 ownerless dog should be destroyed, the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Sir William Chambers (who was also a director of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), paid for a renewal of Bobby's licence, making him the responsibility of the city council.

Bobby died 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.

Today, a small statue of Greyfriars Bobby stands in front of the Greyfriars Bobby's Bar, which is located near Greyfriars Kirkyard. The statue originally faced toward the graveyard and pub but has since been turned around, allegedly by a previous landlord of the pub so that the pub would appear in the background of the many photographs that are taken each year.[citation needed]

A red granite stone was erected on Bobby's grave by The Dog Aid Society of Scotland, and unveiled by the Duke of Gloucester on 13 May 1981. It reads: "Greyfriars Bobby — died 14th January 1872 — aged 16 years — Let his loyalty and devotion be a lesson to us all.

Karp Panta, William Sutherland, Régine Daenens, Fotoamateur62 and 2 other people have particularly liked this photo


7 comments - The latest ones
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
***********************Thank you for your visits, much appreciated.************************

****************************Merci de vos visites, très apprécié******************************
5 years ago.
Geoff. McElwaine
Geoff. McElwaine
A nice wee statue with a touching story attached. Well Done!!
Seen in

Leap's Photo
Pond!!
5 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Outstanding photo.
5 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Very much brought up with this wonderful story.

I was also married in Edinburgh.. and took my new American husband to "meet" Bobby !

Wonderful photograph !
5 years ago.
Rod Burkey
Rod Burkey
A lovely story about a true friend to John Gray. Fine image too.
2 years ago.
Régine Daenens
Régine Daenens
Une belle et triste histoire.
Un commentaire très intéressant.
Bonne soirée.
2 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Awesome statue capture!

Admired in:
www.ipernity.com/group/tolerance
7 months ago.