Bobby Greyfriars – a dog who spent 14 years guarding his master’s grave until he died himself!
A story of this devoted dog resembles the story of famous Hachiko, but it happened almost one hundred years earlier.
John Gray, Bobby’s master, worked as a night watchman for the Edinburgh Police, Scotland. He took Bobby the Skye Terrier when he was a puppy and the two friends lived in peace and friendship for two years.
Sadly, John died in 1858 from tuberculosis and was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh. The dog followed the funeral procession till the cemetery and when his master was buried, he didn’t want to go away and stayed near John’s grave.
There is a legend that one day Bobby was nearly killed as a stray dog. At that time he was already famous in the city and the mayor of Edinburgh decreed that Bobby should be taken under the municipality protection.
Albumen print (1865) thought to be of Greyfriars Bobby Bobby died in January 1872 and was buried in the same graveyard. One year later Lady Burdett-Coutts, a philanthropist, erected a drinking fountain with a statue of Bobby on top of it. A plaque on the site of a tavern where Bobby was a welcome visitor
Albumen print (1865) thought to be of Greyfriars Bobby
Bobby died in January 1872 and was buried in the same graveyard. One year later Lady Burdett-Coutts, a philanthropist, erected a drinking fountain with a statue of Bobby on top of it.
A plaque on the site of a tavern where Bobby was a welcome visitor
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