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.

During next 14 years, Bobby lived at John’s grave. He only rarely left the cemetery to find food. Local people sympathized with Bobby and regularly fed him. In winter time, when it was very cold, kind people let him spend nights in their houses. But every morning he returned to the 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.

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26 Comments
Ian Sadler
Maybe - but maybe not. Several discrepancies in the "history" of Greyfriars Bobby or was it Bobbies?
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Jul 19, 2016 8:19PM
Mark Schuessler
Mark Schuessler
Been there and saw it all . Greyfriars is consecrated ground , bear that in mind .
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Jul 19, 2016 8:25PM
Kimberly Brown-Feay
Awwwww what a beautiful story!
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Jul 19, 2016 8:26PM
Paul Sterling
Paul Sterling
tears in my eyes
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Jul 19, 2016 8:59PM
Helen Colgan
Lovely old black & white film about this wee dog.
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Jul 19, 2016 8:59PM
Joe Conway
Joe Conway
Touching to say the least.
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Jul 19, 2016 9:05PM
Sofka Raice
Lovely story!
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Jul 19, 2016 9:11PM
Danny More
Danny More
Again.. Dogs are mans best friend....
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Jul 19, 2016 9:14PM
AL Carcifi
AL Carcifi
Love animals and it brought tears to my eyes. Wish people could be that real and loyal
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Jul 19, 2016 9:55PM
Gilda Page
Yes, True Devotion!!!!
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Jul 19, 2016 10:13PM
headrevonda
Brought me to tears what a beautiful story of love btwn a man and a pet that loved him til the end
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Jul 19, 2016 10:50PM
Angelica Cruz
Angelica Cruz
What a beautiful and sad story
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Jul 20, 2016 1:34AM
Yolanda Solis
Beautiful story!
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Jul 20, 2016 1:44AM
Anita Clark Morton
I've seen it too. My daughter was about 9 when she saw it, and was in floods of tears. One thing they didn't tell you in the above story is that it was against the law for animals to be buried in a 'peoples' cemetary. But because he was so loved, and loved John so much, he was given special rules, so that he could be buried next to John. To this day, people in Edinburgh love Grayfriars Bobby.
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Jul 20, 2016 4:45AM
Mik Haines
Greyfriars Bobby, NOT Bobby Greyfriars!
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Jul 20, 2016 9:17AM

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