Simpkin joined Hertford College in 2000, and was been a familiar face around Oxford ever since, except for the day when he climbed into the back of a milk delivery van, and accidentally ended up in Winchester. He was acquired from a lady called Susan Griffin who was known by the then college librarian. Judy Mullee, Head Porter at the time, went to help choose the new kitten. One of his earliest celebrity moments was when he was photographed by the Oxford Mail while being walked on a lead along Catte Street by the Bursar, Peter Baker.
During Simpkin’s lifetime, Hertford had three principals, more than twenty attendant porters to look after him, and over three thousand students and staff, to provide the rubs which undoubtedly contributed a great deal to his very long and perfectly happy life. He was a truly terrible mouser, a sometime successful bird-catcher, and a loyal and faithful companion to many students, fellows and staff. He never married.
He passed away in August 2016 and was given a full college burial service in OB Quad.