The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby

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The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby
Directed by John Henderson
Produced by Christopher Figg
Alex Swan
Written by John Henderson
Richard Mathews
Neville Watchurst
Starring James Cosmo
Oliver Golding
Gina McKee
Sean Pertwee
Greg Wise
Thomas Lockyer
Christopher Lee
Music by Mark Thomas
Cinematography John Ignatius
Edited by David Yardley
Distributed by Piccadilly Pictures
Ursus Films
Release date
  • July 2005 (2005-07) (Giffoni Film Festival)
  • 10 February 2006 (2006-02-10) (United Kingdom)
Running time
103 minutes
Language English

The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby is a family-based Scottish film released in the US in 2005 (as Greyfriars Bobby) and the UK in 2006, and directed by John Henderson. It is set in Edinburgh, Scotland, and tells the story of a Skye terrier called Bobby, who will not leave his master's grave after his death. The dog faces many perils because of this, and has to endure much in his struggle to be allowed to live his life.


John Gray, the local policeman, owns Bobby the Westie, but allows a shy boy called Ewan to befriend his dog. When Gray dies and is buried in the Greyfriars Kirkyard, the dog will not leave the grave, despite his fondness for Ewan. The Greyfriars gravedigger, James Brown, takes a liking to Bobby, and gives him food and protection. However, the passing of a new dog law in Scotland threatens Bobby's very existence, and Ewan must do everything in his power to save his canine friend, even when it involves the Lord Provost of Edinburgh.



The original Greyfriars Bobby, in the book by Eleanor Atkinson,[1] is actually a Skye Terrier. The appearance of a Westie in the title role of the film caused protests from the Skye Terrier breed club, who complained about filmmakers using an incorrect dog breed.[2] Christopher Figg, the producer, said that a Westie was used "because its white coat would stand out in the dark and because its eyes would not be hidden from the camera by a fringe."[2] During the early stages of planning for this film in 2003, Scottish Screen, the national development agency for the Scottish screen industries, had run a lottery worth £500,000, but withdrew the funding for the film, and it was almost made in Luxembourg instead of Scotland.[3] While Bakehouse Close, off the Royal Mile, was used for the exterior shots of John Gray's family home, the Edinburgh Castle scenes in this film were actually shot in Stirling Castle.[4] There was much filming in and around the old town of Stirling as well as within the grounds of Stirling Castle doubling for old Edinburgh and Greyfriars Kirk Yard as seen in the film is in fact Stirling's Old Town Cemetery with the Church of The Holy Rude in the background.

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  1. ^ Greyfriars Bobby, the book by Eleanor Atkinson: Project Gutenberg website.
  2. ^ a b Cramb, Auslan (2002-11-07). "Casting row dogs the remake of Greyfriar's Bobby". Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  3. ^ Funding crisis, 2003: website.
  4. ^ "UK | Scotland | Premiere for new Greyfriars film". BBC News. 2006-02-07. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 

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