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Catherine was born about 1846, the daughter of Finlay MacCuish and Betsy MacAulay of old Borve and later Backhill. At the time of the 1861 census she was staying with her maternal grandmother Christina MacAulay (née MacLeod) at Struth, near Leverburgh.
Catherine became a weaveress and married shopkeeper Angus Paterson of Geo Dhubh. They were to have ten children together. In 1900 her husband was lotted 20/21 Borve, to which the family moved.
She passed away in 1925, only 13 days after her husband.