Greyfriars Bobby died – On this day in history

The Skye Terrier Greyfriars Bobby, which is said to have kept a vigil at his master’s grave in Greyfriars Churchyard, Edinburgh, died on 14 January 1872. Read our feature on six Edinburgh dogs to rival Greyfriars Bobby.

The terrier belonged to Edinburgh policeman John Gray who died of tuberculosis in 1858. The dog is said to have followed his master to the graveside and stayed there until his own death fourteen years later, becoming a favourite with local residents, who brought him food. The monument on Bobby’s gravestone reads:

Greyfriars Bobby

Died 14 January 1872

Aged 16 years

Let his loyalty and devotion be a lesson to us all

Bobby was unable to be buried in consecrated ground and so was buried at the gate of Greyfriars Kirkyard, close to the grave of John Gray. Bobby is also remembered by a statue at Candlemaker Row, which is classed as a listed building – the smallest in Edinburgh.

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