Who was Kit Smart?

Photo credit: Matt Farrow

Photo credit: Matt Farrow (via Flickr)

Kit Smart was one in a long line of illustrious College cats.

Kit came to the College in 1996. She was chosen from a cat sanctuary by the then Dean, who thought that she seemed delightfully confident, and the President of the Graduate Parlour.

In fact, they soon discovered that Kit was very shy. She spent her time on the Tutorial staircase, only once venturing as far as the Fitzwilliam Museum. When she died in 2012, aged around 18 years old, she was buried in the College orchard.

Kit herself was named after one of the College’s most famous alumni, the poet Christopher ‘Kit’ Smart. Her name now lives on as the alias of our anonymous College blogger.