Rescue kitten moves into Winston Churchill’s old home

BY Lorna Baldwin  March 10, 2014 at 2:54 PM EDT
Jock VI arrived at Chartwell, Winston Churchill's old estate, earlier this month. Handout photo courtesy of National Trust

Jock VI arrived at Chartwell, Winston Churchill’s old estate, earlier this month. Handout photo courtesy of National Trust

Winston Churchill’s old estate has a new resident: an orange and white colored rescue cat named Jock VI. The cat is an unusual legacy of Churchill. The late British leader requested that there always be an orange cat with white chest fur, white paws and named Jock living at Chartwell, his estate in Kent, England.

The name comes from one of his secretaries, Sir John “Jock” Colville, who gave the wartime leader a kitten for his 88th birthday. The National Trust, which was gifted the property in 1966, has always honored the request.

The Churchill family left Chartwell to the National Trust in 1966.  Photo by Flickr user R@PP

The Churchill family left Chartwell to the National Trust in 1966. Photo by Flickr user R@PP