'Bum' the Dog
'Bum' the Dog
'Bum' the Dog
'Bum' the Dog
'Bum' the Dog
'Bum' the Dog
'Bum' the Dog
'Bum' the Dog
'Bum' the Dog
'Bum' the Dog
'Bum' the Dog

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A statue of San Diego’s beloved vagabond dog, which died in 1898. It is a symbol of the twinning of the two cities. The state sits on a bronze plinth, which in turn sits on a low stone plinth.

'Bum' the Dog



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Acquisition method

gift from San Diego–Edinburgh Sister City Society

Work type



City of Edinburgh Council

Work status


Unveiling date

19th July 2008


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Access note

park opening hours apply

Inscription description

in relief lettering on a plaque on the wall behind, above and to the right hand side of the sculpture: A Canine Connection / Edinburgh and San Diego, California, share a twinning link with a / unique twist. Each city is home to a famous dog Edinburgh’s loyal and / beloved Greyfriars Bobby and San Diego’s equally beloved vagabond dog / Burn. In recognition of these canine heroes, a statue of Bobby was / presented to San Diego and this statue of Burn was gifted in return. / The dogs represent the spirit of a twinning link friendship, / loyalty and shared experience. / Burn, died 1898, aged 12 years / Sculpted by Jessica McCain, USA / Presented to the citizens of Edinburgh by the San Diego-Edinburgh Sister City Society, / in association with E Clampus Vitus, John P. Squibob Chapter 1853, on 19th July 2008.


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Located at

The Parish Church of St Cuthbert, 5 Lothian Road, Edinburgh