New ‘Churchill’ cat at Chartwell

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Jock VI exploring his new home at Chartwell, Kent © Iain Carter

Jock VI exploring his new home at Chartwell, Kent

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On leaving Chartwell to the National Trust in 1966, the family of Sir Winston Churchill requested that there'd always be a marmalade cat named Jock, with a white bib and four white socks, in comfortable residence at Chartwell.  We've always honoured this request and this month welcomed Jock VI, a seven month old rescue kitten, to the property to take up this unique role.

Jock VI is settling into his residency like the cat that got the cream and has developed quite a mischievous character. So far he's taken to afternoon naps, eating tuna, Persian rugs and cuddles.  He's not at all fond of heights, lightning or opera though.

Jock VI, or Malley as he was previously known, was rescued by Croydon Animal Samaritans before being adopted by our House and Collections manager, Katherine Barnett.   'It’s a modern day rags to riches story – Jock VI has had a difficult start to his life, but as the saying goes, a cat will always land on its feet.  I’m delighted with Jock.  He’s a very caring, loving cat and I think our visitors will get lots of enjoyment from seeing him around the property for many years to come', says Katherine. 

Jock V retired from public life when the former House and Collections manager left Chartwell. The pair had such a close bond, they stayed together and are now living in the Scottish countryside.