Down the hill on Lawnmarket Street, close to Edinburgh Castle is George IV Bridge road, and close to Candlemaker Row near the Edinburgh vaults. You’ll find the ‘Greyfriar Bobby's and Bar’ right on George IV Bridge Road. A great place to stop for lunch and their famous fish 'n chips. Directly behind the pub you’ll find one Edinburgh’s most haunted locations in all of Scotland, the Greyfriars Church Kirkyard and Cemetery. A12th century cemetery nestled between an old 16th century prison that was expanded through the 19th century, on one side and an old hospital named after its founder, George Heriot's Hospital at Greyfriars Church, on the other. The hospital was at one time an infirmary used for tuberculosis patients and before closing, it was a hospital and also served as a home for the mentally insane. Today, it houses facilities used by the city and university. And if it’s ghosts you’re looking for you can scream out ‘Eureka, jackpot!’ Both building complexes look as if they’re straight out of a horror movie. The clouds, leafless trees and mossy monuments provided the perfect ambiance for a great paranormal picnic! The courtyard is often quiet, and pleasant to walk through on your own, or you can take a guided tour that takes about an hour. Off in the distance is a spectacular view of the Edinburgh Castle and St. Giles Cathedral from anywhere within the Kirkyard (Gaelic for churchyard). Also to the west, beyond a locked gate, you’ll be able to easily see the prison, with the Sanitarium Hospital over moss-covered stone walls on the north sides.  Both with its own convenient gate into the cemetery. The prison over the wall was known as Covenanter's Prison (a covenanter being one who, by solemn agreement, pledges to uphold Presbyterianism, especially an adherent of the National Covenant or the Solemn League and Covenant). Mary Queen of Scots had granted the area surrounding the Greyfriar's Kirk to be used as a burial ground in 1562 for its congregation. There are many famous Scots said to be buried here, including Sir Walter Scott's father; William McGonnegal, Scotland's worst poet; George Heriot, founder of the school next door to Greyfriar's, and James Craig, designer of Edinburgh's New Town. William Adam lies in a mausoleum designed by his son; architect John Adam, the brother of Robert Adam. Perhaps the most famous resident of all is the Greyfriar's Bobby, a loyal Skye terrier owned by 'Auld Jock' (John Gray).  Bobby was so loyal to his master that when Auld Jock died of tuberculosis on 15th February in 1858, it is said that Bobby kept a daily vigil over his master's grave for over 14 years until his own death on 14th January 1872.  The dog was buried in an unmarked grave within Greyfriar's Kirkyard, and today there is still a daily one-o'clock bell that rings to commemorate the hour at which locals would feed Bobby. There are many reports of hearing Bobby's ghost barking within the walls at the Greyfriar's Cemetery. There were over 1,200 Covenanter’s imprisoned here at any given time from the 17th through 19th century. On a hot summer day, it was said that because of the foul and repulsive conditions at the prison, including lack of hygiene, neglected and filth, the stench of the prison would permeate the air. Prisoners from Covenanter’s were either hanged at the Grassmarket gallows or deported as slaves. One of the more famous spirits buried here that is said to haunt the cemetery is George 'Bluidy' MacKenzie, a barrister who persecuted many of the Covenanters that were buried in Covenanter’s Kirkyard. In the far corner, by a large black Mausoleum, his spirit is said to haunt Greyfriar's visitors. It is often referred to as the 'MacKenzie Poltergeist.' It has also been said that many on the ghost tours have reportedly been physically attacked by an unseen force, knocking them down and even displayed scratches on their back through clothing. Because of this, the area is now chained off and only a select few are allowed to pass through its wrought-iron gate. It's in an interesting part of the cemetery as well. Also in the same corner of the cemetery are two gates leading into the cemetery for convenience-one from the prison and one from the hospital. Many visitors venturing into the cemetery at night on their own have commented on seeing people at the gate as well as images in their photographs that are unexplained. Bobby's Bar, with the monument commisioned by locals in memory of Auld Jack's terrier 'Bobby.' George Heriot's Hospital where tuberculosis patients were housed, and later buried in Greybriar's. Edinburgh Castle high on the hill in the background less than a mile away.  St. Giles Cathedral from the Kirkyard. This gate is kept locked to keep the poltergeist away from visitors. The 16th century prison in the background. Bobby laid on his master's grave for 14 years after he had died, and the locals would feed him. His bark is often heard throughout the cemetery, especially close to Jack's grave..
The content of this website is the copyright of World Nexus Publications © 2008-2011 In 1865 Scotland, an old shepherd and his small Skye terrier go to the big city of Edinburgh. On their visit the shepherd is overcome with pneumonia and suddenly dies, Yet the faithful dog remains with his master, refusing to be adopted by anyone. He then takes to sleeping on his masters grave in the Greyfriar’s Kirkyard despite the caretakers "no dogs" rule. When Bobby is taken from the cemetery to be destroyed, for being unlicensed, the children of Edinburgh and the Lord Provost must to decide what has to be done to save him. Walt Disney best told the story of Bobby in 1967