Rosslyn Chapel book is the cat’s whiskers

Helen, The Countess of Rosslyn, with book illustrator Rosie Wellesley and William the Cat
Helen, The Countess of Rosslyn, with book illustrator Rosie Wellesley and William the Cat

The world-famous Rosslyn Chapel has inspired writers through the centuries thanks to its history, carvings and legends.

However, the latest muse is the neighbourhood cat!

William has been a regular visitor to the chapel for more than 10 years and usually be found curled up on a pew as visitors view the inside of the chapel building.

The black and white cat has become such a feature that a new range of retail products has been introduced to the chapel’s shop, based on ‘William the Chapel Cat’.

And he is now the inspiration for a new children’s book, written by The Countess of Rosslyn and illustrated by Rosie Wellesley.

The new book, William the Cat and the Rescue of Rosslyn Chapel, tells the story of the chapel’s conservation project, when the historic building was under scaffolding for 16 years. The last pieces of scaffolding were removed in 2013.

Full story in this week’s Advertiser. On sale now.