Her older sister Anne was the wife of Sir Nicholas Bacon. Catherine was said to have been proficient in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. Lady Catherine married Sir Henry on 4 November 1565.
The verses were reprinted in Fuller"s Worthies.
On 21 December 1583 she gave birth to a stillborn child, and on 27 December she died. She was buried in the church of Saint Thomas the Apostle, London.
lieutenant was burnt down during the great fire of London, but Stow, in his Survey, preserved the four Latin inscriptions on her monument, including one by herself and one by Andrew Melville.