Bobby Randagio Di Edimburgo

‘Bobby Randagio Di Edimburgo’ by Maria Rosa Furbelli is available from Mursia. Jock Gray arrives in Edinburgh with his family, joins the police force and is given a dog to accompany him on his beat. Available from

Auld Malabar

Auld Malabar the juggler entertained the crowds in the Grassmarket and Parliament Square. He would through a metal ball high into the air and catch it in a cup strapped to his forehead. image credit Ned Holt.

Burgh Court

The photograph shows the set for Burgh Court designed for Walt Disney’s film “Greyfriars Bobby’. The design of the shadow of the window indicates that the set may have been based on the plan of the actual courtroom in Parliament Square. image credit: Greyfriars Bobby World Premiere Souvenir brochure


Robert Scott Riddell the organist at Old Greyfriars wrote a letter to the ‘Scotsman’ in 1889. He stated that the little dog was not a mongrel and the statue on the drinking fountain was a very fair likeness. image credit: Greyfriars Kirk.

Hole in the Wa’

Bobby was said to have left the kirkyard and regularly crossed the road to the Hole in the Wa’ public house in Lindsay Place for a bite to eat. Thomas Cowan the landlord gave evidence at the hearing in the Burgh Court to establish the identity of the little dog’s owner in April 1867.

School gate

Heriot’s grounds and Greyfriars kirkyard are connected by an ornamental gate. Peter Brown chased the little dog into the kirkyard through the gate. Dogs were not permitted in the kirkyard so the superintendent chased the terrier back to the school grounds. Eventually James Brown found that Bobby was a first class rat catcher and decided to allow him to remain in the kirkyard.

The Vennel

According to the Heriot’s school gardener Peter Brown, Bobby first appeared in the grounds by trotting through the gate leading from the Vennel. image credit: Jane Stewart Smith.

Daddy Flucker

Ned Holt also drew Daddy Flucker the street preacher. Ned’s drawings can seen at the Museum of Edinburgh in the Canongate: image credit Ned Holt.