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.

Welcoming a new member

We've always honoured this request and in March 2014 welcomed Jock VI, a seven month old rescue kitten, to the property to take up this unique role. 
Along with his white bib and white paws, Jock VI has a little white moustache. Keep an eye out for him as you tour the property.

Taking up residence

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. 
Croydon Animal Samaritans continue to play an important role in the care for Jock. Find out more about their charity work at

Cat's eyes

Jock VI has had problems with his eyes ever since he was a kitten. He has regular checks and unfortunately the most recent tests revealed that he is suffering from retinal degeneration. Over time it's likely to result in complete blindness.

Despite this, Jock VI is a happy and very contented cat. His vision, which is similar to tunnel vision, does leave him easily startled though if he is approached from the side or behind.

He's adapting well but we can all play our part to help him by being mindful that he can only see you if you are directly in front of him.

Jock is still the same cheeky, happy cat he always has been. He loves his life at Chartwell, and long may this continue.

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