Here at The Cat we like to think we all have a passion for fine literature…you’d be surprised if we had anything less.

But our brand name isn’t just a doff of the cap to one of the written word’s memorable characters and a chance to come up with a funky logo.

No, you can forget forelock tugs and tributes – we’re laying claim to a family connection to the very great Lewis Carroll himself.

Ok, it may seem a stretch and the evidence might not get us absolutely over the line before a judge and jury.

But here goes…

Born in 1832, Carroll’s real name was Charles Lutwidge Dobson and he was a descendant of a certain Thomas Lutwidge, himself the son of a wealthy tobacco merchant whose ships sailed the Atlantic from 1700s Cumbria.

Across the social divide but living close by, one Mary Little had given birth in July 1728 to a boy whose parish records make no mention of a father.

Mary named the infant Lutwidge Little, he became a bricklayer with seven children of his own and, much more importantly, the great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather of The Cat’s executive director Tony Hutchinson!

Was the Lutwidge name pick just a coincidence? We think not.

We like much more the theory Mary was giving us all a cast-iron clue, a nod in the direction of a well-off father with the money and clout to cover up his indiscretion.

Tony’s father Ken, who followed the near-300 year-old trail, has no doubt.

‘I can only assume by using Lutwidge as the boy’s christian name Mary was making a statement about his antecedents because there was no mention of a father in 1728,’ he tells us.

Like I say, not absolutely conclusive but we love the idea that the blood of written-word royalty runs through one of our own.