Canalside Cat Sculpture and Flowerbed

by Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow in Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland

Canalside Cat Sculpture and Flowerbed
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On 3rd April 2018 we successfully raised £1,230 with 17 supporters in 42 days

Erection of bronze cat sculpture (by David Annand) on granite plinth in paved and floral setting.

by Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow in Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland

Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow (part of Linlithgow Burgh Trust – Scottish charity number SC047211) is promoting the creation of a new sculptural feature at the Canal Basin in Linlithgow.  The proposal is for a bronze sculpture of a cat, mounted on a granite pedestal, broadly similar in nature to Greyfriars Bobby in Edinburgh. For this to be provided to best effect, improvements to its setting are required, primarily the removal of an ugly leaning telegraph pole and rationalisation of nearby signs, noticeboards, seats and bins.  So far, British Telecom (Openreach) has been successfully persuaded to remove the telegraph pole as its (very substantial and now complete) contribution to the project.

The aims of the project are:

  • to enhance the Upper Linlithgow and Union Canal Conservation Area
  • to add to the upgrading of the environment of the Canal Basin, a project started by the Linlithgow Union Canal Society over forty years ago;
  • to further Burgh Beautiful’s interest in adorning the town with public art;
  • to reflect the artistic, cultural and personal interests and associations of Liz Burrows (a founding Burgh Beautiful member who sadly died a number of years ago and left money in her will for this sort of project - Liz lived by the Union Canal, was an active member of the Linlithgow Union Canal Society and had a much-loved cat called Dudley);
  • to encourage tourism by providing a sculptural feature which will hopefully become one of the ‘sights of Linlithgow’ to visit and be photographed beside, as well as becoming a notable civic landmark for walkers using the well-established footpath link along the canals between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Any donations received up to £2,000 will be used to complete the financial package required to deliver the art and environmental improvement project; money above that will be used to pay for the colourful plants which will adorn the adjacent flower bed over the next three summers.


Dudley was the much-loved cat of Liz Burrows of Linlithgow.  He was a rescue cat who had come to her via Lothian Cat Rescue and had been named after the area of Edinburgh where he was found – Duddingston.  It was unclear whether he was a lost pet or a stray – it seemed that the former was perhaps more likely as Dudley was not an ordinary moggy.  He was identified as an ‘ocicat’ – so named because of the breed’s resemblance to the wild ocelot.

He was a cat with a strong personality – very vocal, he always made his presence felt, sometimes to embarrassing effect in public – he had the loudest miaow ever heard!


Dudley lived a happy and comfortable life with Liz and her elderly mother in a house by the canal to the west of the Canal Basin, where lots of attention was lavished on him by both women.

Liz had been aware for some time that she was terminally ill and, when her health began to deteriorate further, friends agreed that they would take Dudley in on her death.  This is thought to have set her mind at rest, and it was good for them to be able to do that, despite the fact that they had no experience in looking after cats, and one of them was definitely more into dogs!  All doubts were dispelled though, Dudley being found to be a friendly and affectionate cat with a lovely temperament who wanted nothing more than enough food to eat and a cosy, welcoming lap to curl up on – and a garden for chasing mice!     

Dudley was 12 years old when it became clear that something was wrong.  Although he was eating, he was losing weight with diarrhoea and vomiting.  An exploratory operation revealed advanced cancer, and goodbye  had to be said to him on the vet’s operating table.  Almost three years on, he is still fondly remembered and much missed.

A cat sculpture on the canal towpath in the planned location opposite the Canal Centre seems not only an appropriate use of the final part of Liz’s legacy – she was a member of the Canal Society as well as a founder member of Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow – but also a fitting tribute to a rather special cat - and perhaps a monument to all much-loved cats.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

3 of 20 claimed

Name on temporary donations plaque

Your name will be listed on a temporary plaque near the cat sculpture for at least three years

£100 or more

2 of 5 claimed

Invitation to unveiling of cat sculpture

You will be invited to attend the official unveiling of the proposed cat sculpture in the presence of all who have helped with the project.

£150 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Invitation to sculpture unveiling & name on plaque

You will be invited to attend the official unveiling of the proposed cat sculpture in the presence of all who have helped with the project. In addition, your name will be listed on a temporary donations plaque located close by the sculpture.

£200 or more

3 of 5 claimed

Name on sponsorship plaque in adjacent flower bed

Your donation will be regarded as a sponsorship contribution towards the summer planting of the adjacent flower bed and your name will be included on a standard sponsorship plaque positioned in the bed for three years. In addition, you will be invited to attend the official unveiling of the proposed cat sculpture in the presence of all who have helped with the project.

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