Tribute to ‘Greyfriars Moggy’, the cool cat about town

Hamish McHamish has catwalked his way to fameHamish McHamish has catwalked his way to fame [George McCluskie]

Hamish McHamish regards the centre of St Andrews in Fife as his own patch – and has done for 14 years – enjoying treats and catnaps in any home he wishes to visit.

Many shops and officers have given him his own seat and he even joins university lectures to curl up for a snooze.

Tourists also regularly clamour to take his photograph.

Locals have raised £5,000 for a bronze statue celebrating his antics.

And Fife Council has now given the go head for the sculpture by artist David Annand to sit upon a plinth in the town centre.

Last year a book about him, Hamish McHamish, Cool Cat About Town, by Susan McMullan was published.

Hamish currently has more than 5,000 Facebook friends and 251 followers on Twitter.

celebrity, cat, animals, odd, weird, Hamish McHamish, Facebook, Twitter, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, statue, Greyfriars Bobby, Skye terrier, EdinburgHamish enjoys the limelight with author Susan McMullan [George McCluskie]

It is lovely that we will have a rival to Greyfriars Bobby

Flora Selwyn

Flora Selwyn, who runs local magazine St Andrews In Focus, came up with the idea to commemorate Hamish and asked for donations.

She said: “It is lovely that we will have a rival to Greyfriars Bobby – it will be one up for St Andrews.

“It has been a very popular idea. Hamish is a wonderful animal.

“He is so clued up. When you watch him cross the road he waits for the lights to change.

“The legend is, if you don’t let him into your home and feed him you’ll have bad luck.”

Skye terrier Bobby is said to have refused to leave the grave of his master in Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh, for 14 years.

A clay sculpture of Hamish has been made and it will now be cast to bronze before Christmas.

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