Jock VI of Chartwell

Since the National Trust opened the house to the public in 1966, the family of Sir Winston Churchill requested that there always be a marmalade cat named Jock, with a white bib and four white socks, in comfortable residence at Chartwell.


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. 

Cat's eyes

He has had regular checks but unfortunately tests have revealed that he is suffering from retinal degeneration.

Jock VI is now almost completely blind and was finding life at Chartwell very hard. Once it became dangerous, Chartwell made the decision to retire him from public life after his six years of service.

Jock VI is now enjoying the life of a former celebrity with Chartwell’s House and Collections Manager in a much quieter, more peaceful garden of his own.

Jock likes to hide so keep an eagle eye out for him
Jock the cat amongst flowers at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent
Jock likes to hide so keep an eagle eye out for him