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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Greyfriars Bobby Edinburgh

The statue of Greyfriars Bobby (below) stands outside Bobby's Bar near the main entrance to Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh, where the loyal dog's owner, John Gray is buried.

The story of Greyfriars Bobby is well known in Edinburgh. The Skye Terrier spent time at the grave of his owner, a police night-watchman from 1858 until his own death in 1872.

The granite statue was designed by William Brodie in 1872 as a drinking fountain for both humans and dogs and was financed by Baroness Burdett-Coutts, a local bigwig. The statue of Bobby has been restored over the years after it was covered in paint in 1979 and later hit by a car in 1984.

Bobby's loyalty has inspired a number of books and films.

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