Monday, 22 December 2008

Greyfriar's Bobby

I am quite a sentimental person I think and I love a good weepy story. One such story is that of Greyfriar's Bobby, the little Skye terrier who guarded his master John Gray's grave for 14 years after his death in 1858. There is a great old film about it which I could not find any reference to on youtube and there also seems to be a modern one. I recently bought a children's book by Ruth Brown, telling the story, with beautiful illustrations.
We were up in Edinburgh this weekend visiting Andy's parents Jean and Ian, and we visited Greyfriar's Churchyard. I like it in there-it is very atmospheric and creepy with plenty of great tombs with skulls and cherubs.

5 comments:

Liz said...

I have not heard this story. It sounds so sweet! I am a little sappy too. I love old graveyards. I think it's fun to walk through them and read the tombstones. Glad you had a nice visit with your in laws.

Laume said...

My son and I spent a lot of time in Greyfriar Cemetery when we were in Edinburgh. We really liked it there. (In fact, we really loved Edinburgh!) We went on one of the ghost tours and went into the Coventers Prison and then went back several times ourselves just to wander about. Great place for a photographer to be set loose! I have a lot of really nice photos, including a similar one of the dog in front of the pub and one of that skull set into the wall. http://www.flickr.com/photos/8606532@N04/sets/72157604468739441/

Candace said...

I love the story (saw the Disney version as a kid) but can barely sit still for it even as an adult. I too am a sentimental slob at times, and those pix in and around E'burgh are lovely! Edinburgh is one of the places I hope to visit very very soon...
your comments and shots make it sound quite special.

Lynne said...

Yes it's a lovely story isn't it?

jaybean said...

Hi Sarah,

I am Janine from the Grittyjane class. I believe you were there. I snatched your blog from Jane's site.

I just had to mention the Grayfriars Bobby story. I too cry every time I hear the story. My son was recently visiting in Scotland and got some pictures! Thanks for sharing!