William Brodie, RSA (1815-1881)
1871, unveiled 1873
Bronze on a fine red granite plinth with basin
George IV Bridge, Edinburgh
This memorial drinking fountain commemorates Greyfriars Bobby, a Skye terrier who reputedly watched over his master's grave in nearby Greyfriars kirkyard for fourteen years. Touched” by Bobby's devotion, the kirk gardener erected a shelter over the grave for him, and Edinburgh's Lord Provost paid his licence fee to save him from being impounded and destroyed: "effectively, Bobby was now owned” by the city" (McNab 307). The dog became so famous that shortly before he died William Brodie was commissioned to model this likeness of him.
Photograph, caption and commentary by Jacqueline Banerjee, 2009.
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