Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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NT 25696 73296
325696, 673296


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 Special 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.



Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1984) p p226.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The statutory listing address is the legal part of the listing. The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. For information about curtilage see Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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