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Iconic Edinburgh statue to be restored

Iconic Edinburgh statue to be restored
7 Oct 2013

One of Edinburgh's most famous residents and arguably the most-visited statue of a dog found anywhere in the world is to be restored.

Greyfriars Bobby is one of the Scottish capital's best-loved tourist attractions, but the tradition of rubbing his nose for good luck has left the statue of the Skye terrier with a golden snout.

However, conservationists now intend to restore the statue to its initial black colour, according to the Daily Record.

The legend of the dog, named Greyfriars Bobby, became famous throughout Scotland in the 19th century. It is said that the loyal terrier guarded the grave of his master John Grey for 14 years until he, himself, died in 1872.

A nightwatchman, Gray was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard, a famous cemetery in Edinburgh's Old Town. After Bobby died, he was buried just inside the gate of the cemetery, close to his owner. 

He has since been the subject of a number of books and films. You can still see his collar, which today sits on display in the Museum of Edinburgh.ADNFCR-408-ID-801646235-ADNFCR

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