In this June 7, 2014 file photo, members of the public at the site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home, in Tuam, County Galway, Ireland.
In this June 7, 2014 file photo, members of the public at the site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home, in Tuam, County Galway, Ireland. Niall Carson

Catholic orphanage had unmarked mass grave

HUNDREDS of babies, toddlers and older children from a Catholic orphanage were buried in an unmarked mass grave in Scotland.

A a new report says at least 400 infants who had been "cared for” by Catholic nuns at the Smyllum Park Orphanage are believed to be in the plot in St Mary's Cemetery, Lanarkshire.

Allegations of abuse at the home - including beatings, psychological abuse and public humiliation - have been uncovered by The Sunday Post and BBC's File on Four investigation.

"Whoever is behind this, I hope they can live with themselves,” Eddie McColl told the BBC. His brother Francis is thought to be buried in the grave.

Eddie never found out what happened to Francis, but was told he died after being struck with a golf club.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is investigating what occurred at Smyllum.

The home was run by The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul for 11,600 children between 1864-1981.

The recorded death rate in some periods was three times the average for children in Scotland.

In 2003, former Smyllum residents Frank Docherty and Jim Kane found a plot full of the bodies of children.

The Daughters of Charity said children had been buried in 158 compartments in the graveyard.

Mr Docherty and Mr Kane believed there were far more children in the plot and the investigation supports that.

Both men died this year.

Daughters of Charity's only comment was they were "co-operating fully”.

They said in a statement: "Our values are totally against any form of abuse and thus, we offer our most sincere and heartfelt apology to anyone who suffered abuse whilst in our care.”

The discovery comes after 800 "significant human remains” were discovered beneath the former Catholic mother and baby home in Tuam, Ireland.

An investigation was launched into claims that nearly 800 babies and young children died at the Tuam home and were buried in unmarked graves.

Harriet Agerholm, The Independent



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