Notice: For only £40 (down from £60), you can get the entire collection of over 3,000 ebooks, including around 900 that are no longer on the site. This offer will be for a limited time only.

Greyfriars Bobby

Eleanor Atkinson

Greyfriars Bobby, by Eleanor Atkinson - click to see full size image

Free download available in PDF, epub, and Kindle ebook formats. Or read online. Skip straight to downloads.


Greyfriars Bobby is a book by American author Eleanor Atkinson, first published in 1912. It is based on the true story of Greyfriars Bobby, a Skye Terrier who lived in the mid-nineteenth century in Edinburgh with his owner John Grey (Auld Jock). When John died, Bobby is said to have sat near his grave for fourteen years. A story well known in Scotland, this book tells Bobby's story through his own eyes.

Not having been licensed by his owner when he was alive, this was paid for by the then director of the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Sir William Chambers. Chambers also gave Bobby a collar, which is now in the Museum of Edinburgh. Further commemorating the dog, is a statue that stands at the corner of Edinburgh's Candlemaker Row. There remains some confusion as to who Bobby actually belonged to - Wikipedia has a photo of the dog with a man called John Traill. Regardless, it's a lovely, if sad story, and aligns perfectly with our general views about the loyalty of our canine friends.

This book has 108 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1912.

Production notes: This ebook of Greyfriars Bobby was published by Global Grey on the 8th December 2021. The artwork used for the cover is 'Godfrey Charles Morgan, 1st Viscount Tredegar with his Skye Terrier, 'Peeps'' by John Charlton.

Download for ereaders (below donate buttons)

Last week, around 33,000 people downloaded books from my site - 9 people donated. I really need your help to keep this site running. Please give a small donation - £1, $1 - anything helps. You don't need a PayPal or Stripe account and it only takes a minute.
The buttons below are set in British Pounds currency - click here if you would prefer to donate in USD

More free ebooks

cover page for the Global Grey edition of His Family by Ernest Poole
His Family

Ernest Poole

cover page for the Global Grey edition of Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Gone with the Wind

Margaret Mitchell

cover page for the Global Grey edition of One of Ours by Willa Cather
One of Ours

Willa Cather

cover page for the Global Grey edition of The Mark of Zorro by Johnston McCulley
The Mark of Zorro

Johnston McCulley

Back to the top ↑