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Greyfriars Bobby Remembered

Wednesday January 10 2018

The annual celebration of Scotland’s most famous dog takes place this Sunday, January 14, in Edinburgh’s Greyfriars Kirkyard.

Greyfriars Bobby – the Skye Terrier who legendarily guarded his master’s grave for 14 years - died on January 14 1872. His story has inspired films and books; and his headstone in the Kirkyard, and statue just outside, remain major tourist attractions.

Bobby would famously leave the churchyard for lunch every day at the firing of the One o’Clock Gun. The One o’Clock Gun Association has for several years hosted a service at the headstone on the anniversary of his death, attended by civic dignitaries, lookalike dogs and local children.

As the One o’ Clock Gun does not fire on a Sunday, the ceremony will begin at 1.30pm on Sunday. Everyone is welcome.

2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Dr Robert Lee, the minister of Old Greyfriars. Under Dr Lee, controversially, stained glass windows were installed in Greyfriars - the first in a post-Reformation Presbyterian church in Scotland - along with one of the first organs.

Picture by Michael Reeve

Ceremony for Greyfriars Bobby on Anniversary of his Death

Ceremony for Greyfriars Bobby on Anniversary of his Death

Service of commemoration on Sunday

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Catherine Moore - Friday, January 19th, 2018

“Bobby is the symbol for all dogs and tells everybody about their faithfulness.
It is rightful too that Dr Robert Lee is remembered as he is a forgotten part of the Kirk’s history.”

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