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George Iv Bridge, Greyfriars Bobby Fountain

A Category A Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.9469 / 55°56'48"N

Longitude: -3.1913 / 3°11'28"W

OS Eastings: 325696

OS Northings: 673296

OS Grid: NT256732

Mapcode National: GBR 8PH.2P

Mapcode Global: WH6SL.YSHC

Entry Name: George Iv Bridge, Greyfriars Bobby Fountain

Listing Date: 29 April 1977

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 365253

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB27899

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: City Centre

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Description

William Brodie, 1873. Life-size bronze statue of terrier on cylindrical red granite plinth with octagonal basin at base and higher circular basin. Bronze plaques with inscriptions (see Notes).

Statement of Interest

The inscription on the base of the fountain reads 'A tribute to the affectionate fidelity of Greyfriars Bobby. In 1858 this faithful dog followed the remains of his master to Greyfriars churchyard and lingered near the spot until his death in 1872. With permission erected by Baroness Burdett Coutts.' The story of Greyfriars Bobby became a cult soon after the dog's death in 1872, and the fountain, a memorial stone erected by American dog lovers over the grave of John Grey (Bobby's master), and a memorial at the entrance to Greyfriars churchyard (erected by the Dog Aid Society of Scotland in 1981) are still objects of pilgrimage for many visitors. Objects associated with Greyfriars Bobby can be seen in Huntly House Museum.

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