‘A small statue with a big story. While there are so many things to see and do in Edinburgh, I admit seeing this statue was high on my list. The story and history are world-famous and it is definitely worth a visit to the statue and graveyard nearby.’
– Greyfriars Bobby Tripadvisor Review
Making Edinburgh History
14 years after his master’s death, Greyfrairs Bobby was buried just inside the gate of Greyfriars Kirkyard, not far from John Gray’s grave. A year later, Lady Burdett-Coutts had a Greyfriars Bobby statue and fountain erected at the southern end of the George IV Bridge in his honour.
Several books and films have since been based on Bobby’s life, including the novel Greyfriars Bobby (1912) by Eleanor Atkinson and the films Greyfriars Bobby (1961) and The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby (2006). You can visit the Kirk of Greyfriars free of charge.
The Greyfriars Bobby Myth
Throughout the years, speculation around Bobby’s unnaturally long life has left loyal Bobby supporters scratching their heads. According to recent reports, the legend of Greyfriars Bobby was nothing more than a Victorian hoax to gain donations from local sympathisers of the mourning Bobby. Hoax or history, the story of Greyfriars Bobby has secured a special place in hearts and minds of people around the world for over a century.