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Greyfriars Bobby

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Hidden : 06/03/2004
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This cache is located in the graveyard of Greyfriars Kirk, where John Gray known as Auld Jock and his faithful dog Bobby are buried.

In 1858, a man named John Gray was buried in old Greyfriars Churchyard. His grave levelled by the hand of time, and unmarked by any stone, became scarcely discernible; but, although no human interest seemed to attach to it.

The sacred spot was not wholly disregarded and forgotten. For fourteen years the dead man's faithful dog kept constant watch and guard over the grave until his own death in 1872. James Brown, the old curator of the burial ground, remembers Gray's funeral, and the dog, a Skye terrier called "Bobby", was, he says, one of the most conspicuous of the mourners. The grave was closed in as usual, and next morning "Bobby", was found, lying on the newly-made mound.

This was an innovation which old James could not permit, for there was an order at the gate stating in the most intelligible characters that dogs were not admitted. "Bobby" was accordingly driven out; but next morning he was there again, and for the second time was discharged. The third morning was cold and wet, and when the old man saw the faithful animal, in spite of all chastisement, still lying shivering on the grave, he took pity on him, and gave him some food. This recognition of his devotion gave "Bobby" the right to make the churchyard his home; and from that time until his own death he never spent a night away from his master's tomb.

Often in bad weather attempts were made to keep him within doors, but by dismal howls he succeeded in making it known that this interference was not agreeable to him, and he was always allowed to have his way. At almost any time during the day he could be seen in or about the churchyard, and no matter how rough the night, nothing could induce him to forsake that hallowed spot, whose identity he so faithfully preserved.

That, however, concludes the story of the life of Greyfriars' Bobby, a life which was later commemorated by the erection of the statue and fountain by Baroness Burdett Coutts. The figure which was unveiled, without any ceremony, on November 15, 1873.

You can find the statue of Bobby at the following co-ords N55° 56.810 W003° 11.462. Bobby’s grave is at N55° 56.803 W003° 11.501, and Auld Jock’s grave can be found at N55° 56.828 W003° 11.536.

This graveyard is best visited during the day when tourists frequent it, as at night its visitors can be slightly on the unfriendly side.

Note: Muggle central, caution will have to be exercised on retrieving and replacing the cache. The cache has grown in size, since first placed. The hiding location is a tight squeeze, please ensure you put it back in the same place and well out of sight.
This is also a frequently visited cache, please use both sides of paper in the logbook. Thank you.

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Gb gur yrsg naq haqre gur fdhner cynagre pybfrfg gb gur sebag qbbe.
Guvf vf gur bayl fcbg gung gur pbagnvare jvyy svg haqre, cyrnfr rafher vg vf chfu sne rabhtu haqre fb gung vg pnaabg or frra.
Abgr: Cyrnfr or qvfperrg naq hfr obgu fvqrf bs cncre va gur ybtobbx.

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