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Greyfriars Kirk
In the Old Town of Edinburgh is Greyfriars, a church with an important place in Scottish history as well as a story of a remarkable dog. Watch the video clips to find out more about Greyfriars Kirk. Then try the questions to check that you understand.

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  Edinburgh Kirk graveyard
Answer the questions     Watch the video
1:  What are some of the features of the Old Town?     Video for Question 1play video
wide, straight streets     Entrance to Greyfriars
a castle with buildings to the north  
old shops with story tellers  
traditional names and small streets  
2:  Why is Greyfriars Kirk important in Scottish history?     Video for Question 2play video
because of its age     Greyfriars Kirk
because of the people who are buried there  
because of a document that was signed there  
because of its location  
3:  Why was John Gray's dog special?     Video for Question 3play video
he saved his master's life     John Gray's grave
he stayed at his master's grave for many years  
he protected the church against thieves  
he kept the churchyard free of rats  
4:  Where is Greyfriars' Bobby honoured?     Video for Question 4play video
in the church     Statue of Greyfriars Bobby
in the churchyard  
in the churchyard and outside the church grounds  
outside the churchyard  
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