Woman claims priest abused her at orphanage
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.”