Greyfriars Bobby

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Greyfriars Bobby (1961 Movie)

“Greyfriars Bobby” is a British drama film released in 1961, based on a true story. The film tells the heartwarming tale of a loyal Skye Terrier named Bobby and his unwavering devotion to his master.

The story is set in 19th-century Edinburgh, Scotland. A shepherd named John Gray (played by Donald Crisp) and his faithful Skye Terrier, Bobby, share an unbreakable bond. The two are inseparable, and Bobby becomes a beloved fixture in the community. However, tragedy strikes when John passes away, leaving Bobby grief-stricken and alone.

Despite John’s death, Bobby continues to visit his grave every day, earning the sympathy and admiration of the locals. The loyal dog captures the hearts of many, and he is soon embraced by the community. However, the local authorities, represented by Constable MacLean (played by Duncan Macrae), take issue with the dog’s presence in the churchyard. They argue that a dog is not allowed to remain in the graveyard overnight.

The film revolves around the legal battle for Bobby’s right to stay in the churchyard, symbolizing the enduring bond between a man and his loyal companion. The story is both heartwarming and bittersweet, showcasing themes of loyalty, friendship, and the enduring spirit of love.

“Greyfriars Bobby” was based on a true story about a Skye Terrier named Bobby who lived in Edinburgh in the 19th century. The real Bobby’s loyalty and devotion to his master’s grave captured the public’s imagination and led to the creation of various statues and memorials in his honor.

The film remains a classic family-friendly movie, known for its touching storyline, beautiful Scottish setting, and the heartwarming portrayal of the special bond between a dog and his owner.

Fun Facts

  • “Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog” is a Disney live-action film released in 1961. It is based on the true story of a Skye Terrier named Greyfriars Bobby who became famous in 19th-century Edinburgh, Scotland, for his loyalty to his owner.
  • The film is known for its heartwarming and touching portrayal of the bond between Bobby and his owner, Auld Jock, played by Donald Crisp. Bobby’s loyalty to his deceased owner, who was a night watchman, leads to a series of events that capture the hearts of the townspeople.
  • “Greyfriars Bobby” was filmed on location in Scotland, adding to the authenticity and charm of the movie. The story of Greyfriars Bobby has become a symbol of unwavering loyalty and devotion, and the film continues to be beloved by audiences of all ages.

Additional Details


  • Donald Crisp: James Brown
  • Laurence Naismith: Mr. Traill
  • Alex Mackenzie: Auld Jock
  • Duncan Macrae: Sgt. Davie Maclean
  • Andrew Cruickshank: Lord Provost
  • Gordon Jackson: Farmer
  • Rosalie Crutchley: Farmer’s Wife
  • Freda Jackson: Old Woman Caretaker
  • Moultrie Kelsall: Magistrate
  • Joyce Carey: First Lady
  • Vincent Winter: Tammy
  • Jameson Clark: Constable
  • Jack Lambert: Doctor
  • Bruce Seton: Prosecutor
  • Joan Juliet Buck: Ailie
  • Hamish Wilson: Hamish
  • Kay Walsh: Mrs. Brown


  • Director: Don Chaffey
  • Producer: Walt Disney and Hugh Attwooll
  • Music: Francis Chagrin

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