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Greyfriars Bobby

? - 14th January 1872

Greyfriars Bobby is the story of a skye terrier who belonged to a man called John Grey who passed away and was buried in Greyfriars Churchyard in 1858

Bobby was so devoted to his late master that he kept watch over his grave for fourteen years, even though dogs were not allowed in the churchyard
 
Bobby made many friends in the town including:
 
James Brown - Gardener and keeper of the Greyfriars graveyard
 
John Traill - Who gave Bobby his dinner. he also gave Bobby a dish engraved "Bobby's Dinner Dish" which can be seen in the Museum of Edinburgh
 
In 1867 when it was announced that an ownerless dog should be destroyed, Sir William Chambers, Lord Provost from 1865-1869, a dog lover and Director for the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals decided to pay Bobby's licence and presented him with a collar with a brass inscription "Greyfriars Bobby from the Lord Provost 1867 licenced"  making him the responsibility of the city council
 
Bobby's collar can also be seen in the Museum of Scotland
 
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
 
 

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