Posts Tagged ‘Animal’

Or the Covenanters’ Prison, is in Edinburgh. A historical part of the city too as it has had burials there since the 16th Century and has some notable figures there. 1200 Covenanters were imprisoned in a field to the south of the Churchyard and later in the 18th Century the field became part of the churchyard with vaulted tombs and got it’s nickname.

A sweet story of the Greyfriar’s Bobby also comes from here, a loyal dog that guarded his grave. His headstone is at the entrance to the cemetery and the grave of his master John Grey, an Edinburgh police officer, is buried around 30 metres north to the cemetery entrance. The stone is modern as the grave was originally unmarked.

This is also a good place to see Mortsafe’s (search my earlier posts for more on those) amongst burials of some notable historian’s, architects and Colonel Francis Charteris, a member of the Hell-Fire Club.

As with all things I seem to write about, we’re into the supernatural now. Rumours have it that Greyfriars cemetery is haunted.  One has been attributed to “Bloody” George Mackenzie buried 1691, he causes bites, bruises, scratches and many visitors report strange feelings.

This Devil guy gets around far too much doesn’t he?

This time he has a legend in Wales, the Devil’s Bridge Falls around the 11th Century. He had heard the scenery was breathtaking and headed off for a visit (obviously Satan needs a vacation too). He came across an old lady who was upset and asked her what was wrong. She pointed out that her cow had crossed he river and she could not get her back. (I don’t query why at this point).

The Devil being a helpful chap told her she needed a bridge, he would make her one but in return he would get to keep the first living thing to cross the bridge. That night she agreed to meet him the following morning and realised that if she went to get the cow she would then be the Devil’s…

Ever resourceful as a human, and presumably the Devil had some kind of brain fart, she called upon her faithful dog, they went that way and discovered the amazing bridge. The devil had kept up his bargain so now he wanted what was his. She got to the entrance, threw a loaf of bread across it and let the dog chase it down. The devil was upset he had been caught out and supposedly was never seen in Wales again.

Personally I am pissed off that the old lady thought so little of the dog!