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Catherine Braithwaite

Catherine Braithwaite is a major character and supporting antagonist featured in Red Dead Redemption 2. She serves as the main antagonist of the game's third chapter.



She is the matriarch and eldest member of the wealthy Braithwaite family, the rivals of the Gray family.

At some point before 1899, Catherine Braithwaite began selling moonshine to the Lemoyne Raiders through an illegitimate side business. She also became acquainted with Angelo Bronte.

Events of Red Dead Redemption 2

Catherine is first seen at the Braithwaite manor when Hosea and Arthur arrive to sell her back the liquor the Van der Linde gang previously stole from her. Catherine instead hires them to give out the liquor for free at the bar in Rhodes, for some "promotional advertising". While distributing the liquor in town, Hosea and Arthur are ambushed by the Lemoyne Raiders. Whether or not this was Catherine's plan is unclear.

After negotiating with Hosea over a game of cribbage, Mrs. Braithwaite hires Arthur and Sean to burn down the Gray tobacco fields using the stolen moonshine.

She eventually double-crosses the gang and kidnaps Jack Marston. When Dutch and the rest of the gang arrive to her manor to retrieve Jack, a shootout ensues which results in all of her sons being killed. After the gang lights the Braithwaite estate on fire, she reveals that she sold Jack to the notorious crimelord Angelo Bronte in Saint Denis. As the gang leave, she runs back into the burning mansion in an act of self-immolation and dies.

After the assault on Braithwaite Manor, her charred corpse can be found in the wreckage of her home, unrecognizable aside from the name.



Catherine displays a typical attitude of a snobbish elite from the old wealthy family. She has a strong sense of superiority, calling people whom she considers beneath her as "filth" or "scum". Naturally, what with belonging to an old plantation family, Catherine despises "Yankees", using the term as a pejorative. Still, while certainly arrogant, she is far from foolish, eventually catching on to the Van der Linde gang's machinations.

Mrs. Braithwaite is highly invested in her heritage and family, expressing fury at Dutch for murdering her sons and trying to topple the dynasty. It is implied that she is also passionate about horses as she owns several relatively expensive horses and yet made no attempts to sell them despite being enraged at their disappearance, implying a more sentimental value.


Catherine is an elderly woman with dark gray hair.

Mission appearances

Red Dead Redemption 2


  • An item named “Catherine’s Brooch” can be looted from her corpse and sold to a Fence for a reasonable price.
  • Catherine Braithwaite is briefly mentioned by Josiah Trelawny in Red Dead Online where he tasks players to steal a horse from her and deliver it his contact Hill Haven Ranch.


Catherine Braithwaite backed up by sons upon first meeting Arthur and Hosea when they tried to sell the Braithwaites their own moonshine