Sitting in the shadow of Trinity Church in the centre of St Andrews, a bronze statue honours Hamish McHamish, a cat that captured the hearts of the town’s people and the hundreds of students who settle here each year to study.
Owned by local resident Marainne Baird, Hamish was something of a nomad, wandering the streets of the auld grey toon with majesty and pride. He could often be found napping in shop windows or popping into student flats for a cuddle and a bite to eat.
Such was his popularity that he had his own ‘Hamish recommends…’ section in the local book shop, a loyal and ever-growing social media following and a best-selling biography, entitled Cool Cat About Town.
At the ripe old age of 15, the ginger moggy passed away peacefully in 2014 and, greatly missed, residents raised the money to create this lasting memorial to the town’s favourite feline.