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Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle Dog Cemetery

The final resting place of soldiers' loyal canine companions. 

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Located off the main path at the top of Edinburgh Castle, a small garden space holds a soldiers’ dog cemetery dating back to 1837.

The year marks the ascent of Queen Victoria to the British throne, and her reign (until 1901) was noted by several cultural traits, among which was an appreciation of pets and companion animals.

The same attitude that could be seen as responsible for Greyfriars Bobby’s story could have also lead to the establishment of this cemetery, especially since burial plots in castles were often considered exclusive to military personnel and nobles. 

The site of the cemetery may have once been a tower, but it now acts as the final resting place for honored canine companions of the regimental officers. Visitors cannot enter the cemetery, but it can be viewed from above.

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The cemetery can be seen from the top of Edinburgh Castle, down from the Argyle Battery ledge located east of Mons Meg and St Margaret's Chapel.

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