One O'Clock Gun

Personalities behind The One o'clock Gun

Colour Sergeant Scott and Greyfriars Bobby

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The n.c.o. knew the dog as he lived in the stair on the right hand side leading to the gate of Greyfriars Kirk. Although there's no evidence that the dog followed him to the Castle, its possible that he took it with him.

The Scotsman reported that the dog would usually turn back at the end of George IV Bridge. The dog is connected to the gun as he would go for his dinner when the gun fired. This is on record.

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This contemporary print by Gourlay Steell shows the Half Moon Battery in the background. When Bobby was having his portrait painted by the artist in his studio, the time gun fired at one as usual. The bang excited Bobby and he refused to settle down again until he'd been fed.
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