Miss Phyliss Cattanach of Grantown on Spey founded Cattanach in 1991. She was the last survivor of her immediate family. Phyliss wished to use the family wealth she had inherited from interests in the whisky industry to achieve good. Upon her death in 2008, Phyliss left the residue of her estate to Cattanach, doubling its size.

The Trust Deed by which Cattanach was established gives the Trustees extremely wide scope for charitable giving. Our Trustees decided to find what matters most to them. They reviewed the funding landscape and evidence base around various areas and decided on a themed approach that focuses on the early years of a child's life.

Originally established as a trust, Cattanach became a Scottish Incorporated Charitable Organisation (SCIO) in 2020.