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The fountain and statue of Greyfriers Bobby is in the centre of the shot, and behind it, an Edinburgh Tour Bus coming up Candlemaker Row.

On February 15th 1858 John Grey an Edinburgh Police force night watchman died from tuberculosis and was buried in Greyfriars Church yard.

His faithful sky terrier (Bobby) became a local legend because he refused to leave his masters grave.

Sir William Chambers (The Lord Provost of Edinburgh) paid Bobby’s license and presented him with a collar with a brass inscription “Greyfriars Bobby from the Lord Provost 1867 licensed”. This can be seen at the Museum of Edinburgh.

The people of Edinburgh took good care of Bobby, but still he remained loyal to his master. For fourteen years the faithful dog kept watch and guard over the grave until his own death in 1872.

Baroness Angelia Georgina Burdett-Coutts, President of the Ladies Committee of the RSPCA, asked the City Council for permission to erect a granite fountain with a statue of Bobby placed on top.


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  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherabout 6 years ago

    thats loyalty,,,,,,,,poor thing must have been broken hearted

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 6 years ago

    fabulous capture and colors- such a touching story!!

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyabout 6 years ago

    A wonderful story, sad and also very touching.. Fantastic capture.

  • kia3
    kia3about 6 years ago

    great shot tom

  • handprintz
    handprintzabout 6 years ago

    Love the contrast of the bright bus against the old buildings and great little statue of John Grey’s faithful companion

  • simba
    simbaabout 6 years ago

    Its a wonderful story Tom.great shot.

  • skyhorse
    skyhorseabout 6 years ago

    Nice statue that I can’t look at without crying – blame the Disney movie of this story – good contrast with the bus, statue would be a bit “lost” photographically speaking if was just the grey building behind it.

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownabout 6 years ago

    Talk about perfect timing Tom. That bus was an inspired inclusion in this shot. Sightseeing; no pun intended. Topped off with an informative narrative as always!!

  • Actually I took 4 shots, but the only one I liked was this one. In the other shots, the fountain sort of blended into Bobbys Bar …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownabout 6 years ago

    Still perfect Tom despite your attempt to fool us into thinking this wasn’t yuor master plan!!

  • pijinlane
    pijinlaneabout 6 years ago

    What a brilliant capture Tom … love ‘Bobby’ highlighted against that awesome red bus!

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