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Ceremony for Greyfriars Bobby on Anniversary of his Death

Monday January 15 2018

Picture by Caroline Walker

Local residents and tourists braved the cold weather yesterday (Sunday) to mark the anniversary of the death of Greyfriars Bobby.

The ceremony took place in Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh, where Bobby guarded his master’s grave for 14 years and where his own headstone was erected.

Councillor Lezley Cameron led the tributes, and Lisa Fleming and Bob – mascot of the One o’Clock Gun Association – laid a wreath from the Lord Provost and citizens of Edinburgh. Jennifer Hutcheon, the association’s piper, played ‘Tribute to Greyfriars Bobby’.

Also at the ceremony Bert Hutchings, an elder at Greyfriars, spoke about the life of Dr Robert Lee, the minister of Old Greyfriars while Bobby was alive. Dr Lee, who died 150 years ago this year, was a trailblazer who was responsible for installing the first stained glass in a post-Reformation Presbyterian church in Scotland, and one of the first organs.

Following the ceremony and refreshments, visitors were shown round the church and kirkyard, including the spot where ‘Auld Jock’, Bobby’s owner, is said to be buried.

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