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Bobby only visited the Kirkyard for the bones. ;)

Seriously though, there has been a lot of doubt cast on this story in recent years. I think it is is more folk myth than reality.

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nau't

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"Bobby only visited the Kirkyard for the bones"


What an insufferably ignorant, insensitive and downright disrespectful thing to write. Having done a good deal of research on Walt Disney and his work/production process, I have discovered that he was a master storyteller, and never presented a story that was based on real life characters which wasn't rooted in truth (creative license notwithstanding), and thereby remained true to the original story. Rather than make snide remarks about a well known story, why don't you Google "Greyfriars Bobby" and the click on "Tributes paid to famous dog", an article written in the Edinburgh Evening News. For the 138th time, flowers were left at the dog's final resting place, a few feet away from his master Jock, in a small patch of unconsecrated ground (pets can't be buried alongside humans in the same cemetery)in the same kirkyard. Just because it didn't happen 15 minutes ago and was then immediately posted on YouTube doesn't mean the story isn't true. You should be so blessed and lucky to have your pet so devoted to you that not even death can keep it from your side.

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Thank you Mortitia!! well said and such a lovely story.

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I was in Edinburgh last week. Saw the statue. Visited the kirkyard. Saw the plaque which reads:

"Greyfriar's Bobby
Died 14th January 1872
Aged 16 Years
Let His Loyalty & Devotion
be a Lesson to Us All"


There seems to be a consensus over there that even if Bobby's not buried directly under the stone, he's buried somewhere in the kirk-yard. And the plaque is the first thing you see when you walk in. At any rate, Bobby is the most famous occupant of a cemetery for people. (There's actually a cemetery for dogs who served in war a little further up on the Edinburgh Castle Grounds).

cinefreak

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There's a little problem with that story. Dogs aren't allowed to be buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard. The current "stone" is bogus. (Plenty of other bogus stories in those parts - e.g. The Elephant House is not the main place that JK Rowling wrote, that's a couple of streets away. And the Frankenstein Pub wasn't there in 1812 as its sign states. In fact it wasn't even there last century.)

If you want to see a REAL dog burial, in Edinburgh, in a human graveyard, try the grave of the Great Lafayette in Pilrig graveyard. They had to get special permission to bury both the dog and his owner in the same grave.

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I live in Edinburgh. We consider it a story made up for tourists, and one which doesn't stand up to close scrutiny. And let's leave it at that.

However, one thing I will say. There were almost certainly TWO dogs. This can be deduced from two conflicting descriptions and also his supposed lifespan which was a little long for a dog.

"What an insufferably ignorant, insensitive and downright disrespectful thing to write."

Or a joke...

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He was also supposed to have been (one of them at least)a rather nasty little animal. But it makes for a good story and the kirk yard was free.

cinefreak

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I went to a museum in Edinburgh where Bobby's collar with a brass fitting with "Citizen of Edinburgh" engraved on it was displayed. There are other artifacts too dating from the day. This is no myth.

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Dontcha know that it's the younger generation that wants to change history so that they can lay claim to it? It happens periodically and involves challenges to the original story, challenges that cannot be proven, but the narcissistic author gets to see his name in print.

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It's not really "the younger generation", as you put it. Many people have looked into the Greyfriars Bobby story. The odd thing is that I kind of wish it were true, but at best the reality seems to have been somewhat different.

Yes, there are displays for the tourists... but there's also a lot of mythology going around Edinburgh about both Sean Connery and JK Rowling, both of whom are still with us.
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