Bobby's Bar

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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The fountain and statue of Greyfriers Bobby is in the centre of the shot and behind it on Candlemaker Row is Bobby’s Bar which backs on to Greyfriers Kirkyard in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Bobby’s Fountain is an Historic Scotland Category A Listed Monument (HB Number 27899).

Bobby’s Bar is an Historic Scotland Category B Listed Building (HB Number 28415).

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.

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm


Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 4.0.2.

Related shots can be found at: Edinburgh or you can look at all my HDR shots.

Featured in : CELTIC REALM : 23 Feb 11
Featured in : English Heritage and National Trust : 20 Jun 11

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