Cast of Greyfriars Bobby
Model of Edinburgh's famous Greyfriars Bobby was Sold by Auction on January 26th 2013 it fetched £3,100!!
AFTER WILLIAM BRODIE
A plaster model of Edinburgh’s famous Greyfriars Bobby is being sold at Lyon & Turnbull on the 26th January 2013 at approximately 10.30am, as part of their Interiors Sale. It is believed that it was originally made for Edinburgh Council to approve before the final statue, cast in bronze, was unveiled at its current location in Candlemaker Row.
The plaster model was owned by Chief Constable Willam Merrilees OBE of Lothian and Peebles Constabulary. He was given the model by the company who made the famous statue after he offered his help with making the 1961 Walt Disney film about the famous dog.
On a visit to America, Chief Constable Willam Merrilees met and became friendly with Walt Disney, and when the Disney Studios decided to make the film “Greyfriars Bobby”. Disney contacted Merrilees to consult him on suitable locations for the film. To thank him for his help, Walt Disney gave Merrilees the star of the film, a Skye terrier named “Wee Bobby”. “Wee Bobby” paid regular visits to the children at Trinity Lodge in Edinburgh, as well as appearing at various charity events to raise funds for good causes. He was joint ‘best man’ at Chief Constable Willam Merrilees marriage in 1968!
Margaret Cumming who is selling the statue and is the granddaughter of the owner said “Wee Booby” had a very special place in our family and the statue is a happy reminder of him, but sadly in the future I will not have space to keep him, so I need to let it go.”
Chief Constable Willam Merrilees OBEwith the cast.