Wednesday, 22 April 2015

William Chambers, Lord Provost of Edinburgh 1865-1869

William Chambers was a publisher in Edinburgh. He also served as Lord Provost of Edinburgh from 1865-1869. During his tenure, he was responsible for the restoration of St Giles Cathedral.

In 1867, a city regulation ordered that all unlicensed dogs be rounded up and destroyed. During this time, the wee dog that had been a loyal companion to John Gray, a local policeman, and who became a beloved stray of the city after the death of his master. 

The citizens were in an uproar that wee Bobby might meet his demise because he was unlicensed. William Chambers stepped in and saved the wee dog by purchasing his licence. 

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