Woman claims priest abused her at or­phan­age

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS -

A woman has claimed she was abused at an or­phan­age where the bod­ies of hun­dreds of chil­dren were “buried” in a mass grave.

Theresa Tolmiem­c­grane told the BBC she suf­fered men­tal, phys­i­cal and sex­ual abuse at Smyl­lum Park Or­phan­age in La­nark in the 1970s.

A BBC and Sun­day Post probe found at least 400 chil­dren from the home are thought to be buried in an un­marked grave at the town’s St Mary’s Ceme­tery.

A spokesman said it was “shocked and sad­dened” by the abuse al­le­ga­tions.

Ms Tolmie-mcgrane said she was first abused when she was eight.

She told the BBC: “I had a lit­tle part-time job clean­ing the pews in the church and this par­tic­u­lar priest would ar­rive early and he would ask me to go into a par­tic­u­lar room with him and he would ask me to sit on his lap and fon­dle him. He tried to fon­dle me and I just pulled away.”

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