Duggan, an Australian, died in 2004 after returning to become a parish priest in Sydney.
Another priest, Father Chrysostom Alexander, now 77, is also alleged to have abused one pupil at the Fort Augustus school in the 1970s.
Alexander, also an Australian, returned to work in Sydney and has now been suspended by the Catholic church after he was challenged about the allegations by a BBC journalist. Alexander did not respond to the allegations.
The allegations, in a BBC documentary Sins of the Fathers, broadcast on BBC1 Scotland on Monday, are now being investigated by Police Scotland in the latest in a series of scandals about abuse by priests and misconduct by senior figures within the Scottish church.
The church endured its most serious crisis for decades earlier this year after Scotland’s most senior Catholic, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, was forced to resign and retire early in disgrace after he admitted having had affairs and sexual encounters with several priests.
According to the BBC two brothers who attended Carlkemp, Christopher and David Walls, also alleged that Duggan had groomed them.
David Walls said Duggan had been bullying and oppressive in class but then when Walls was 11, Duggan became much friendlier and began being physically intimate.
Walls recalls being made by Duggan to sit on his bed during recorder-playing practice, and has memory blanks about what happened next.
“Why would somebody treat you horrendously and then for no reason, all of a sudden, start cuddling you and kissing you?,” Walls said. “At the same time, it was a relief that you weren’t on the receiving end of unpleasantness. Because that all stopped; the beatings stopped, the sarcasm and the making a fool of you in public and so on, that all stopped once the cuddling started. And you definitely felt this kind of sense of gratitude, almost.”
One former pupil, Donald Macleod, told the documentary that Duggan had effectively groomed him before raping him when he was 14.
Macleod tried to raise the alarm but the then headteacher refused to hear about the alleged rape, warning him that lies were a mortal sin.
The BBC documentary alleges the Benedictine authorities failed to warn their Australian counterparts about the allegations against Duggan, who continued to abuse in Sydney.
The Benedictines are also accused of using Fort Augustus as a secret “dumping ground” for problem priests who were removed from their parishes after being accused of abusing children.
Their superiors are alleged to have used that transfer to cover up the abuse.
Dom Richard Yeo, the abbot president of the English Congregation of Benedictines, could not be reached for comment but in an interview with the BBC he admitted priests had been moved to Fort Augustus after being accused of attacking children.
“I want to say that I’m very sorry, very sorry about any abuse that may have been committed at Fort Augustus,” he said. “The big problem with Fort Augustus, [is] that the school closed 20 years ago. The monastery closed, what, 15 years ago, and a lot of the people involved are dead. Under those circumstances it’s going to be very difficult to get answers which are going to satisfy people.”
A spokeswoman for Police Scotland confirmed there was an inquiry under way.
“Police Scotland, Highland and Islands Division, are investigating historic reports of alleged abuse from former pupils at Fort Augustus Abbey School,” she said. “This is a live inquiry and it would therefore be inappropriate to provide further comment at present. Any such reports are investigated and dealt with in a victim-centred manner.”
FORMER BBC presenter was frequently invited to Fort Augustus Abbey by Benedictine Order monks.
After Savile’s crimes were known, O’Brien demanded the disgraced DJ be stripped of his papal knighthood – bestowed in 1990.
The pair met when O’Brien was priest at St Patrick’s Church in Kilsyth, Stirlingshire, in 1971.
Savile was a regular visitor because his mother Agnes was friends with O’Brien’s colleague, Fr Denis O’Connell
Jimmy Savile photographed in the library at Fort Augustus Catholic school
PREDATOR Jimmy Savile was a frequent guest of monks at the Catholic boarding school at the centre of a sex abuse scandal.
The serial sex attacker regularly drove to Fort Augustus Abbey at a time when ex-pupils claim they were being terrorised by some of the monks.
A BBC TV investigation, Sins of the Fathers, this week alleged that nine monks at the Benedictine Order school repeatedly beat, sexually assaulted and, in one case, raped boys in their care over several decades.
Victims of the abuse complained but their testimony was ignored and covered up. Police are now investigating.
Savile, who is known to have attacked scores of young girls and boys during decades of abuse, would park his Rolls-Royce, registered JS 247, at the school gates before swanning around the grounds.
The former BBC presenter, known to have abused children at schools on other occasions, was invited to Fort Augustus on several occasions, according to pupils there.
Disgraced Cardinal Keith O’Brien, a good friend of Savile’s, was also a regular visitor at the school.
The revelations of Savile’s visits to the school came as it emerged that many more pupils have stepped forward to claim they, too, were victims of monk teachers.
Savile spent much of his time in the Highlands even before buying a cottage in Glencoe in 1998, which was just over an hour’s drive from Fort Augustus.
He was photographed in the library of the school in 1970, looking at ease in a striped boating blazer.
A Metropolitan Police report into allegations of sexual assault by Savile found the presenter and DJ was a “prolific, predatory sex offender” who abused more than 200 people over a 60-year period. He died aged 84 in October 2011.
Savile was a massive celebrity in the Highlands and was honorary chieftain of Lochaber Highland Games for nearly 40 years. (He was a “massive celebrity in the Highlands” Emm, I bloody beg to differ! Lol, no he wasn’t! nobody gave a toot about him!)
After buying his cottage, he entertained guests there, including Prince Charles.
After Savile’s huge catalogue of sexual crimes came to light following his death, his cottage was repeatedly attacked by vandals. It was sold in February this year for £203,000
A converted Range Rover Savile may have used to abuse young girls failed to sell after a hate campaign.
The 1978 Carawagon estate – complete with double mattress in the back – was bought for £3000 in 1978 and was fitted with a bed, wash-hand basin and curtains.
Alan Draper, an academic and former adviser to the Catholic Church in Scotland on child protection issues, said he was not surprised at the new claims emerging.
He added: “I’m not sure I would wish to make any specific comment on Jimmy Savile’s connection. He was a well-known Catholic and he did a lot of charity work but it has also emerged that he was a sexual predator. It would be impossible without proper evidence to connect the two. However, I am not surprised that more victims have come forward. I thought the BBC documentary was quite sensitively done and moving and sometimes this treatment can encourage victims to come forward after many years. I would hope the police investigation would result in charges being brought against anyone who might still be alive who is accused of criminal behaviour. I also believe that any abbot or person involved in covering up such offences should be subject to criminal charges.”
The BBC documentary claims one priest was allowed to move from Fort Augustus to his native Australia, where church bosses were none the wiser about allegations made against him in Scotland.
He was suspended by the Australian church after the BBC tracked him down. More than a dozen former pupils at Fort Augustus and its feeder school Carlekemp, in East Lothian, have come forward to back up Monday’s heart-rending tales of abuse at the hands of several monks, some of whom are still alive.
Five men claimed on the Sins Of Our Fathers documentary that they were raped or sexually abused by Father Aidan Duggan, an Australian monk who taught at Carlekemp and Fort Augustus between 1953 and 1974.
Duggan died in 2004 but some abuse claims relate to men who are still alive.
Donald Macleod, who attended Fort Augustus from 1961, said he was raped by Duggan when he was 14 but was not believed.
The investigation also uncovered allegations that Fort Augustus was used as a “dumping ground” for problem clergy who had confessedto abusing children.
O’Brien, who was forced to leave Scotland earlier this year after being forced to admit to inappropriate sexual behaviour, was guest of honour at the school’s old boys’ dinner last year.
The cardinal, who resigned as archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh in February after the allegations of sexual misconduct, also appeared at several prestigious events at the school, where some of the monks who now stand accused were also in attendance.
02 June 2015 NINE men have been reported to prosecutors in connection with historical abuse at a former Catholic boarding school.
Police have now concluded their investigation into allegations of physical & sexual abuse at Fort Augustus Abbey in the Highlands. In a statement, the Crown Office said: “The procurator fiscal at Inverness has received reports concerning nine men in relation to incidents alleged to have occurred between September 1967 & December 1992.”
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- Father Aidan Duggan – Fort Augustus & Carlkemp – The Australia died in 2004 after returning to Sydney to become a parish priest
- Father Chrysostom Alexander, (if still alive now 82) alleged to have abused one pupil at the Fort Augustus school in the 1970s. Also Australian, also returned to work in Sydney. now suspended by the Catholic church
- Father Thomas Seed
- Fr Robert MacKenzie (84) – moved to Canada in 1988.
- Jimmy Savile
- Cardinal Keith O’Brien
- Father Dennis O’ Connell
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