Hamish enjoyed such a privileged place in town society that shopkeepers and homeowners would nary turn him away if he arrived seeking solace for one of his frequent naps or a quick snack. In fact, it was something of a duty to be hospitable to Hamish, a duty which his plump tummy proved folks took seriously.
"The legend is if you don't let him into your home and feed him you will have bad luck," said Flora Selwyn, editor of a local magazine in St. Andrews, to the Scotsman newspaper.
A few years ago, Hamish went from being just a local celebrity to one known throughout the country after a children's book called "Cool Cat About Town" was published based on his life. Soon after, he became a social media darling, with a Facebook page and Twitter account set up on his behalf.
But perhaps the greatest honor came just this April when St. Andrews residents pooled together more than $8,000 to erect a statue of the beloved cat in the middle of town. Selwyn said the monument was to say "thank you to Hamish for being so ‘purrfectly' adorable and to celebrate him and the joy he brings us."