Katharine Stewart was born in 1914 in Reading. Following the
Second World War and after a spell running a hotel in Edinburgh she
with her husband, Sam Stewart, and daughter Hilda, to the croft at Abriachan near Loch Ness, where she began her writing career with A Croft
in the Hills. Later she trained as a teacher before, on the death of her husband, becoming the local postmistress at Abriachan. She died in
2013 and is survived by her daughter, Hilda.