Official probe into orphanages horror

Smyllum children St Mary's cemetery
Smyllum children St Mary's cemetery

THE former inmates of orphanages in Lanark and Carstairs will finally have a chance to tell the true-life horror stories of their childhoods at a full Public Inquiry.

As predicted by the Gazette last week, on Thursday at the Scottish Parliament the now- ageing orphans, who claim they suffered years of abuse at the Smyllum and St Charles Orphanages, won their long, long battle for an official probe into their allegations.

Although most, if not all, of their alleged abusers are now dead, the former Smyllum orphan leading their campaign for justice hailed last week’s announcement by Scottish education minister Angela Constance as a victory.

For more information on this story, pick up a copy of this week’s Carluke and Lanark Gazette.