Psy­chol­o­gist says she was abused at ‘mass grave’ chil­dren’s home


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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.

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