The Heart-warming Story of Greyfriars Bobby

Those of us who share our lives with animals know just how human they are at times, each with their own unique personality and characteristics. The love you feel for your pet is so special, and the love you get back in return is unconditional. Those of us who have lost much-loved pets carry their memories with us forever, and one famous Skye Terrier called Greyfriars Bobby certainly seems to have felt the same about his master.

Bobby accompanied Police Constable John Gray for five years on his Edinburgh beat. However, in February 1858 John, or Auld Jock as he was affectionately known, succumbed to tuberculosis. For the next fourteen years Bobby made the churchyard his home, refusing to be taken in by any of the well-wishers who heard his story, but accepting food and treats from the gardener, the owners of the Eating House and a certain Sergeant Scott of the Royal Engineers of Edinburgh Castle who gave him a weekly steak!

Memorial to Greyfriars Bobby

Memorial to Greyfriars Bobby

On Greyfriars Bobby’s own death in January 1872 he was buried beneath a tree in front of the old Greyfrairs Kirk, and a memorial was unveiled on 15th November 1873. The inscription reads: “A tribute to the affectionate fidelity of Greyfriars Bobby. In 1858 this faithful dog followed the remains of his master to Greyfriars Churchyard and lingered near the spot until his death in 1872.”

The remarkable story of this loyal little dog has struck a chord with generations of pet lovers, who recognise the unbreakable bond between faithful companions. If you’re searching for a way to commemorate your own much-loved friend, you might like to know that we have collected a range of tasteful urns and memorials for you to choose from here

With very best wishes from Shailen and The Ralph Site team

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