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The amazing thing about Edinburgh is the close connection between many of the historical sites and events, including the world famous Greyfriars Bobby.

Greyfriars Churchyard was the burial place for many of Edinburgh's prominent citizens including Thomas Henderson, the first Astronomer Royal for Scotland, who directed the observatory on Calton Hill.

Greyfriars Bobby came later and is famed for his faithful guarding of his master's grave, which is also in Greyfriars Churchyard.

Bobby is also closely linked with the One o'Clock Gun which was set up by Charles Piazzi Smyth, the second Astronomer Royal for Scotland, in 1861. Bobby would habitually leave the Churchyard on the sound of the gun and would go to Traill's Coffee House nearby where the owner, John Traill, would feed him a hot meat pie.

Bobby died in 1872 in John Traill's house and was buried in Greyfriars Churchyard. His gravestone is in a prominent position just within the main Churchyard gate.

We assisted the City of Edinburgh Council in publishing a "Greyfriars Bobby Trail" which can be found here.


Greyfriars Bobby Trail Leaflet

Greyfriars Bobby Trail Leaflet. Photo credit: Maria Furbelli