Greyfriars Bobby

Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known in 19th-century Edinburgh for spending 14 years guarding the grave of his owner, John Gray (Auld Jock), until he died himself on 14 January 1872. A year later, Lady Burdett-Coutts had a statue and fountain erected at the southern end of the George IV Bridge to commemorate him.

Several books and films have been based on Bobby's life, including the novel Greyfriar's Bobby (1912) by Eleanor Atkinson and the films Greyfriars Bobby (1961) and The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby (2006).

In 2011 Jan Bondeson at Cardiff University published research that suggests Bobby was actually a Victorian-era publicity stunt by local businesses to drum up tourist revenue. According to Bondeson's research, Bobby was a stray dog trained to remain in the graveyard; and was actually two different dogs.

Read more about Greyfriars Bobby:  Traditional View, Revisionist View, In Memory, Books and Films

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Greyfriars Bobby - Books and Films
... The book Greyfriars Bobby by Eleanor Atkinson, which greatly embellished the story, and made John Gray a shepherd, known as "Auld Jock" ... The 1961 Walt Disney film Greyfriars Bobby The True Story of a Dog was based on this book ... The Illustrated True Story of Greyfriars Bobby by John Mackay ...
The Adventures Of Greyfriars Bobby
... The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby is a family-based Scottish film released in the USA in 2005 (as Greyfriars Bobby) and the UK in 2006, and directed by John Henderson ... and tells the story of a West Highland White Terrier called Bobby, who will not leave his master's grave after his death ...