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The Duke of Gloucester officially unveiled a gravestone in Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh memory of Greyfriars Bobby, May 1981
The Duke of Gloucester officially unveiled a gravestone in Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh memory of Greyfriars Bobby, May 1981
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IT is the final resting place of many of the Capital’s most famous former residents.

Dating back to the late 16th century, Greyfriars Kirkyard is a regular haunt for tourists and residents alike, not least those keen to explore its links with Greyfriars Bobby.

Scottish actress Barbara Rafferty rehearses a television version of 'Ane Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis' being filmed in Greyfriars kirkyard in Edinburgh, June 1989

Scottish actress Barbara Rafferty rehearses a television version of 'Ane Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis' being filmed in Greyfriars kirkyard in Edinburgh, June 1989

This week, the kirkyard made headlines after a group of youngsters played football amid centuries of human remains.

The film of the match, which was uploaded to Facebook, showed eight men kicking a ball around the category A-listed site, with their jumpers draped over the historic gravestones.

Shot on a mobile phone and set to cheery samba music, critics slammed the film for showing a “total lack of respect” for their surroundings.

But as our pictures show, the Kirkyard has long been treated with the respect it deserves.

Covenanters memorial service at Greyfriars Churchyard Edinburgh

Covenanters memorial service at Greyfriars Churchyard Edinburgh

In May 1981, the Duke of Gloucester paid a visit to unveil a gravestone in memory of Greyfriars Bobby, and took the time to chat with primary school children who were invited to the ceremony.

Scots actress Barbara Rafferty was there in June 1989 for the filming of a television version of Middle Scots morality play Ane Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis.

A Covenanters memorial service in the kirkyard was led by Mr J Hitchen in June 1958.

And the kirkyard was a vision of winter when it was covered with a blanket of snow in December 1937.

Edinburgh Castle from Geyfriars Churchyard in the snow

Edinburgh Castle from Geyfriars Churchyard in the snow