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Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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Immortalised in a small statue just at the top of Candlemaker Row in Edinburgh, Scotland, the story of the Skye Terrier (Greyfriars Bobby) is world famous.

Bobby belonged to John Gray, who worked for the Edinburgh City Police as a night watchman, and the two were inseparable for about two years. Then, on the 15th February 1858, Gray died of Tuberculosis. He was buried in Greyfriers Kirkyard, in the Old Town of Edinburgh. Bobby is said to have spent the next 14 years sitting on his master’s grave leaving only to eat. When the winter weather was realy bad, Bobby would spend the night in one or other of the houses around the Kirkyard.

Greyfriars Bobby, Scotland’s most famous dog, is not forgotton. After Bobby’s death, the President of the Ladies Committee of the RSPCA, Baroness Angela Georgina Burdett-Coutts, asked the City Council for permission to erect a granite fountain with a statue of Bobby placed on top. A statue was commissioned and sculpted by William Brodie 1815- 1881 and unveiled in November 1873 opposite the Kirkyard, on the corner of Candlemakers Row and King George IV Bridge.

The statue of Greyfriars Bobby is an Historic Scotland Category A Listed monument (HB Number 27899).

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

Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM
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Featured in : Creative, Talented & Unknown : 14 Jan 13
Featured in : Preserving History : 25 Jan 13

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

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