Wednesday, February 5, 2020

John Gray, a gardener, and his wife and son arrived in Edinburgh, Scotland around 1850. He joined the Edinburgh Police Force as a night watchman. To keep him company through the long winter nights John took on a partner, a diminutive Skye Terrier named Bobby. Together John and Bobby became a familiar sight trudging through the old cobbled streets of Edinburgh. Finally John contracted tuberculosis and died. He was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard in February, 1858. Soon the residents of that area noticed that Bobby spent most of his time each day at John’s grave. Bobby’s fame spread throughout Edinburgh. Crowds would gather almost every day waiting for the one o’clock gun that would signal Bobby’s departure from the grave for his midday meal. Bobby was adopted by a local cabinet maker who provided his food. For fourteen years Bobby kept watch over John’s grave. Finally, Bobby died in 1872. The city council gave permission for a granite fountain to be erected with a statue of Bobby on top. If you visit Edinburgh today you can see it. The headstone reads: “Greyfriars Bobby—died 14 January 1872—aged 16 years—let his loyalty and devotion be a lesson to us all.”

“There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 16:24)