Seit mehr als 30 Jahren begleiten mich nun schon die Schottischen Highlands. Sie sind der Gegenpol zu meiner Seelenheimat Ibiza. Sie sind die Tiefe zu den Höhen, das Profunde zum Leichten: Stille, Kontemplation, Einklang. Jeder Berg klingt wie ein Versprechen. „Sgurr Na Fertaig, Ben Dronaig, Black Cuillins, Sgor an Lochain Uaine, Cairn Gorm, Aonach Mòr, Beinn Mheadhoin, Derry Cairngorm, …“.
Begleiten Sie mich ein wenig durch die Bilder, eine schöne Geschichte und ein noch schöneres Lied. Mein Tipp: Starten Sie zuerst das Youtube-Video und sehen Sie sich gleichzeitig die Slideshow an.
Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known in 19th-century Edinburgh for supposedly spending 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until he died himself on 14 January 1872. The story continues to be well known as active oral history in Edinburgh, through several books and films, and because a prominent commemorative statue and nearby graves act as a tourist attraction.
The best known version of the story is that Bobby belonged to John Gray, who worked for the Edinburgh City Police as a night watchman. When John Gray died he was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard, the graveyard surrounding Greyfriars Kirk in the Old Town of Edinburgh. Bobby then became known locally, spending the rest of his life sitting on his master’s grave.
In 1867 Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Sir William Chambers—who was also a director of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals—paid for Bobby’s licence, and gave the dog a collar now in the Museum of Edinburgh.
Bobby is said to have sat by the grave for 14 years.He died in 1872 and was buried just inside the gate of Greyfriars Kirkyard, not far from John Gray’s grave.
A year later, Lady Burdett-Coutts had a statue and fountain erected at the southern end of the George IV Bridge to commemorate him. Several books and films have since been based on Bobby’s life, including the novel Greyfriars Bobby (1912) by Eleanor Atkinson and the films Greyfriars Bobby (1961) and The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby (2006).