Queen Victoria’s dogs...
The current edition of the Greyfriars Bobby magazine contains an article on Queen Victoria’s dogs by canine historian Brian Beacock.
Although claims have been made in print, it’s not known if the Queen actually saw Greyfriars Bobby. There’s no record of such a meeting taking place in the Royal Archives at Windsor. It would have been easy for the Queen to have seen Bobby as the Royal family's privacy at that time was respected, especially in Scotland.
The Queen could have paid a private visit to Greyfriars burial-ground without the meeting being mentioned in the press. Alternatively, Bobby could have been taken down to Holyroodhouse.
The City Officer took Bobby along to see Mrs Chambers the Lord Provosts' wife when she asked for the little dog to be brought to her house so that she could see what all the fuss was about.
Last week the Edinburgh ‘Evening News’ reported that Paul Daniels will be re-creating a few of the Great Lafayette’s illusions on May 7th at the Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street as a tribute to the master magician.
Queen Victoria's first Scottish/Skye Terrier Islay, commemorated in a wishing well in Sydney, Australia.