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  • Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
    May, 1855

    Birth

    Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
    May, 1855

    The best-known version of the story is that Bobby belonged to John Gray, Bobby was born on 4 May 1855.





  • Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
    1858

    John Gray's death

    Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
    1858

    When John Gray died he was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard, the kirkyard surrounding Greyfriars Kirk in the Old Town of Edinburgh. Bobby then became known locally, spending the rest of his life sitting on his master's grave.





  • Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
    1867

    Director of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, paid for Bobby's licence and gave the dog a collar

    Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
    1867

    In 1867 the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Sir William Chambers, who was also a director of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, paid for Bobby's licence and gave the dog a collar, now in the Museum of Edinburgh.





  • Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
    Sunday Jan 14, 1872

    Death

    Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
    Sunday Jan 14, 1872

    Bobby is said to have sat by the grave for 14 years. He died in 1872 and a necropsy by Prof Thomas Walley of the Edinburgh Veterinary College concluded he had died from cancer of the jaw.





  • Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
    1872

    Bobby was buried not far from John Gray's grave

    Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
    1872

    Bobby was buried just inside the gate of Greyfriars Kirkyard, not far from John Gray's grave.



  • Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
    1873

    Greyfriars Bobby Fountain

    Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
    1873

    A year later, the English philanthropist Lady Burdett-Coutts was charmed by the story and had a drinking fountain topped with Bobby's statue (commissioned from the sculptor William Brodie) erected at the junction of George IV Bridge and Candlemaker Row (opposite the entrance to the churchyard) to commemorate him. The Greyfriars Bobby Fountain in Edinburgh includes a life-size statue of Greyfriars Bobby created by William Brodie in 1872. It was paid for by a local aristocrat, Baroness Burdett-Coutts, and unveiled on 15 November 1873.



  • Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
    Saturday Aug 11, 1934

    Questions

    Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
    Saturday Aug 11, 1934

    Questions about the story's accuracy are not new. In a newspaper article in The Scotsman, "Greyfriars Bobby A Dog's Devotion" (11 August 1934), Councillor Wilson McLaren responds to contemporary questions about the accuracy of the stories by describing his own conversation, in 1871, with "Mr Traill" of "Traill's Coffee House" in relation to the dog he himself was then feeding, reassuring readers about the story Mr Traill had given him, and describing responses in 1889 to questions about the story's accuracy. A sense of the difficulty of determining accuracy is gained from two opposing letters to The Scotsman newspaper on 8 February 1889 (part of the debate referred to by McLaren), both from people claiming close links to Greyfriars Kirk, both claiming to have known of the dog personally but with opposing views over the accuracy of stories.



  • Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
    Wednesday May 13, 1981

    Red granite monument

    Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
    Wednesday May 13, 1981

    A red granite monument was erected close to Bobby's grave by The Dog Aid Society of Scotland and unveiled by the Duke of Gloucester on 13 May 1981.



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