Psychologist says she was abused at ‘mass grave’ children’s home
The Smyllum Park Orphanage in Lanark.
worse than just sexual abuse because I was punished with the broken arm for doing something a priest had forced me to do.”
Ms Tolmie-McGrane, who now works in Norway as a psychologist, left the institution at the age of 17 and went on to study at Glasgow University.
She claimed abuse at the orphanage was widespread, saying: “Every child was beaten, punished, locked in a dark room, made to eat their own vomit and I would say that most of us had our mouths rinsed out with carbolic soap.”
A Daughters of Charity spokesman said: “We are shocked and saddened by these accounts describing acts that are alleged to have happened at Smyllum Park nearly 50 years ago.”
Prosecutors have said there is no evidence that a crime has been committed at the orphanage in relation to reports of the mass grave.
Research of death records found that most of the children died of natural causes between 1870 and 1930 from common diseases such as tuberculosis, pneumonia and pleurisy.
Smyllum Park Orphanage is one of the institutions being examined by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.
Theresa Tolmie-McGrane said she was sexually abused from the age of eight at Smyllum Park.