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Greyfriars Bobby Day 2018

Greyfriars Bobby Day 2018
Greyfriars Bobby Day 2018
Greyfriars Bobby Day 2018
Greyfriars Bobby Day 2018
Greyfriars Bobby Day 2018

  • Start Date :January 14, 2018

  • End Date :January 14, 2018

  • Time : 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

 

Event Description

Baroness Burdett-Coutts donated funding to the City of Edinburgh to set up a drinking fountain to the memory of Greyfriars Bobby. The baroness was a close friend of Queen Victoria who was patron of the RSPCA. The statue of the little dog stands at the junction of George IV Bridge and Candlemaker Row directly across from the kirkyard. Thousands of tourists travel to Greyfriars from all over the world to see Bobby's statue which was sculpted by William Brodie RSA and to visit the spot where the little dog is buried. The ceremony to mark the death of the terrier is held annually in Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK on 14th January. We would be glad to see you if you can attend the ceremony. A special tour, free of charge has been arranged to show visitors around the kirkyard. The tour includes Jean Grant's table tombstone where Bobby stored his bones and the headstone of James Brown the kirkyard superintendent who looked after the little dog. Please do not hesitate to contact us between now and the 14th should you wish to attend the ceremony. A Happy New Year from the City of Edinburgh. 

 

Post-Event Summary

The cold weather failed to prevent the local residents and tourists turning up to mark the anniversary of the death of Greyfriars Bobby. Bert Hutchings deputising for the Reverend Richard Frazer introduced the main guest Councillor Lezley Cameron who delivered a tribute to the memory of the little dog. Bert an elder at Greyfriars continued the theme by informing the guests on  the life of Dr Robert Lee the minister of Old Greyfriars who died 150 years ago next month. The innovative minister was responsible for installing the church's stained glass windows and introducing a harmonium. Lisa Fleming and Bob the mascot of the One o' Clock Gun Asscn laid the wreath from the Lord Provost and the citizens of Edinburgh on the terrier's grave as Jennifer Hutcheon the association's piper played a 'Tribute to Greyfriars Bobby'. Following the ceremony the guests were invited to Greyfriars for a cup of tea served by the ladies of the kirk and a chocolate biscuit. Greyfriars Kirk guide Willie Telford showed visitors round the church, while Wallace Ferguson took a number of the guests including Councillor Cameron to 'Auld Jock's' headstone the spot where the little dog's owner is said to be buried.  

 

Organised by

George Robinson


Listed in Event Continent: Europe