Greyfriars Bobby

January 14, 2018

Let his Loyalty and Devotion be a lesson to us All.
 

This year is the 146 year anniversary of Greyfriars Bobby's death. For those who are unfamiliar with the story, you can read the romantic version here.

Edinburgh Photo Walking Tour Greyfriars Bobby

To recap; Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier who refused to leave the side of his master after he was buried at Greyfriars Kirkyard, until he himself died on the 14th January, 1872.

He captured the hearts of the people of Edinburgh with his devotion. The people fed him & his license was paid for by the Lord Provost of Edinburgh. The collar he was given is now in the Museum of Edinburgh.

When he died he was buried inside the gates of Greyfriars Kirkyard himself, not far from his masters grave.

Edinburgh Photo Walking Tour Greyfriars Bobby Grave

Visitors to the Bobby are encouraged to take pictures & selfies with him but it has never been a tradition to rub his nose.
Rubbing his nose wont bring you luck, he isnt a genie. It does damage him & it is something that the people of Edinburgh feel strongly about. Enough to create several videos & PSA's like this one here.

Just enjoy the story, wander into the Greyfriars Pub, have a pint & venture into the Kirkyard (cemetary) 

I say 'venture' because not even Bobby's presence there can eliminate some of the darker souls buried there. 

Rumours & stories abound of physical hauntings of Greyfriars Kirkyard, but that story is another chapter of Edinburgh.


Bella @ Photo Tours Edinburgh