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


Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro.

Featured in : Creative, Talented & Unknown : 14 Jan 13
Featured in : Preserving History : 25 Jan 13

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  • Robyn Carter
    Robyn Carterabout 2 years ago

    Lovely capture of the dog – it was a wonderful story.

  • Thank you so much Robyn …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownabout 2 years ago

    Puppy Power!
    They can keep Scooby Doo!
    We love Bobby!

  • Aye …

    – Tom Gomez

  • David Davies
    David Daviesabout 2 years ago

    Well caught, Tom. I remember the story too.

  • Very much appreciated David …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Christine Smith
    Christine Smithabout 2 years ago

    Such a loyal little dog. A lovely shot Tom.

  • Thank you so much Christine …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfabout 2 years ago

    Lovely shot Tom and a lovely story.

  • Thank you Colin …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Fara
    Faraabout 2 years ago

    I was aware of the story of this famous dog, being a quizzer in the past for my sins………………….wonderful image dear Tom with beautiful architecture……………………………x

  • Thank you dear Joyce …

    – Tom Gomez

  • biddumy
    biddumyabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful image Tom!!!

  • Thank you kindly Evelyn …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Albert
    Albertabout 2 years ago

    Great work.

  • Thank you so much Albert …

    – Tom Gomez

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 2 years ago

    Wonderful! capture and story!

  • Always appreciated Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseabout 2 years ago

    What a lovely story of such a loyal dog,,,,great image Tom!

  • Thank you so much Dlouise …

    – Tom Gomez

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