A new feature for Edinburgh Editor, we are going to be sharing some of our favourite Edinburgh photos every week.
To start us off we’re going to the Old Town, by Greyfriars kirkyard, and the statue of a little dog. We’re talking, of course, about Greyfriar’s Bobby.
If you haven’t heard the story, it goes a little like this…
Back in the late 19th century (1858, to be more exact) there was a little Skye Terrier, who belonged to John Gray, an Edinburgh City Policeman. Sadly John died and was buried in the graveyard of Greyfriars Kirk. Legend has it that his loyal little dog came to the graveyard when he was buried and proceeded to sit by his master’s grave until he to passed away, some fourteen years later.
The then Lord Provost of the city paid for the dog’s license – so he was left to his vigil – giving him a collar, which today can be seen in the Museum of Edinburgh.
How true this tale is – of course – a matter for debate, but what is indisputable is that this touching story of loyalty and devotion is now very much a part of Edinburgh’s history.
You can visit the Greyfriars Bobby statue on its plinth outside Greyfriars kirk, on George IV Bridge. The graveyard is also open during daylight hours.