THE DOG WHO BECAME A LEGEND
If you’re a dog lover, make sure to stop by the statue of Greyfriars Bobby in Edinburgh and learn about the country’s most loyal pooch.
The dedicated skye terrier has become part of the city’s folklore and has his own grave, where children will leave piles of sticks in his memory.
Bobby belonged to John Grey, a nightwatchman who patrolled Greyfriars Kirkyard in 1850.
John and his faithful friend became a familiar sight on the city streets.
In 1858, John died of tuberculosis and was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard.
Lost without his master, Bobby refused to leave his gravesite.
Eventually the kirkyard keeper gave up trying to convince the dog to leave and gave him shelter near the grave.
The little terrier became a local legend and crowds would gather to watch
Bobby leave the graveyard for his daily meal.
When a new law was passed in 1867 requiring all dogs to be licensed, the
Lord Provost of Edinburgh paid the fees for Bobby and inscribed a collar for him.
For 14 years, little Bobby stayed by his master until he died in 1872.
The dog could not be buried in the consecrated ground of the kirkyard, so he was interred outside the gates.
A statue sits nearby and passers-by can rub his little nose for luck.