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Fort Augustus Abbey & Carlekemp – #SCAI

JULY 18th 2019

A former resident of a boarding school in the Highlands has claimed it was ruled by “hate and fear”.

The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry about “regimes of physical and emotional suffering”.

He described being beaten by a priest until he was black and blue.

The inquiry heard opening statements for its investigation into care given by the Order of Benedectines at its residential establishments.

The witness, now in his 70s, was at the order’s Carlekemp boarding school in North Berwick, East Lothian, between the ages of nine and 13.

He said: “I remember being beaten up. When I reflect upon it (the priest) really did lay into me.

“Slapping and punching – I was only a little boy.

“He came up to me, towering over me in his black robes, and really did lay into me.

“It wasn’t just a slap – it was quite an uncontrolled attack. It was a flurry of blows, I think there must have been some punches as well.”

The witness moved to the order’s Fort Augustus Abbey School in the Highlands, where he stayed until he was 18.

Both schools have since closed.

‘Priests enjoyed it’

The inquiry heard the boarding school was “away in a world of its own” when it came to the curriculum and had an “extremely authoritarian” ethos.

He described beatings that would leave boys “black and blue” and suggested children were made to take their pyjama bottoms off for punishments as the priests “enjoyed” it.

The inquiry heard the minimum punishment was 12 strokes of a leather strap on the hands, while the maximum would have been 10 hits with a birch branch on the backside.

These beatings were said to have been dealt out daily by the teachers – who were monks – for slight misdemeanours or perceived under-achievements.

The witness said: “The school was really ruled by hate and fear.”

‘Opportunity to apologise’

It was also heard that an enforced division between older and younger pupils helped breed an atmosphere of “institutionalised” bullying.

The English Benedictine Congregation used the opening statements as an opportunity to apologise to those who had suffered harm while in its care.

The order also announced there had been 10 settlements reached in relation to alleged abuse, as of June, with three claims still to be dealt with.

It was heard funds raised from assets of the order’s Fort Augustus Abbey had been put into a trust to provide compensation to victims.

In 2013, a BBC investigation, “Sins of Our Fathers”, uncovered allegations that pupils had suffered physical and sexual abuse at the schools over a three-decade period.

The investigation uncovered evidence of serious physical and sexual abuse at the prestigious Catholic establishments.

The inquiry before judge Lady Smith continues.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-49031216

Former pupils who were abused by monks at fee-paying boarding schools have been awarded compensation.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has been told the payments were made by the Catholic religious order English Benedictine Congregation to 10 people.

The hearing was told three more claims were also being dealt with.

Monks from the order ran two establishments in Scotland – Carlekemp Priory School in North Berwick and Fort Augustus Abbey School in the Highlands.

Both schools have since closed.

Funds from the assets of Fort Augustus Abbey, which closed in 1999, were used to make the payments to the 10 former pupils.

In 2013, a BBC investigation, “Sins of Our Fathers” , uncovered allegations that pupils had suffered physical and sexual abuse at the schools over a three-decade period.

The investigation uncovered evidence of serious physical and sexual abuse at the prestigious Catholic boarding schools.

Reporters spoke to 50 former attendees about their experiences at the schools, which were run by Benedictine monks.

The former head of the Benedictines, Dom Richard Yeo, has apologised to victims.

The abuse inquiry, led by Lady Smith, has so far heard evidence over 120 days.

It is currently focusing on abuse at male-run establishments.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-49031216


JULY 19th 2019

A former boarding school resident has told how he became affectionate towards a priest during a “grooming” process.

David Walls was giving evidence at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry when he alleged he was targeted by a monk, Aidan Duggan, during his time at Carlekemp Priory School in East Lothian between 1955 and 1958.

It was heard the priest had a “split personality” which saw him lash out at youngsters, before treating them fondly.

The inquiry is currently investigating care given by the Order of Benedectines at its residential establishments.

READ MORE: St Ninian’s children’s home was place of ‘intolerable’ sex abuse

The 73-year-old witness, who waived his right to anonymity, said: “It would be naive to think he wasn’t grooming me specifically by making my life miserable for a while – doing good cop, bad cop.

“I remember the feeling of total relief when he started hugging me, I actually started feeling affection for the man.

“In a sense it’s difficult to understand, but it was a real feeling of gratitude that the misery was over.”

He told the inquiry that pupils used to “joke” about Duggan putting his hand up their shorts if he sat next to them at the dinner table.

The witness also recalled an incident in the teacher’s bedroom which has partly been wiped from his memory, although trying to recall it brought up strong emotions in him.

READ MORE: More than 360 people make complaints of sexual and physical abuse to inquiry

Mr Walls, who was aged 12 at the time, said: “I remember very vividly sitting on his bed, he was standing to my left.

“My vague memory is that he sat down beside me.

“I remember nothing more than coming along the corridor away from his room.

“There’s something about what happened that I just can’t explain.”

At that moment of giving evidence the witness broke down in tears.

He added: “I have no idea what happened, but you can see that it had an affect on me.”

Further incidents of alleged sexual misconduct were said to have happened after Duggan had given mass.

Mr Walls, now a linguist, told the inquiry the priest would have the boys kneel and then hug them so that their faces were on his genitals.

Meanwhile, a former resident of a boarding school in the Highlands has claimed it was ruled by “hate and fear”.

The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, described regimes of physical and emotional suffering at Fort Augustus Abbey School.

The witness, now in his 70s, was at the order’s Fort Augustus Abbey School in the Highlands, where he stayed between the ages of 13 and 18.

READ MORE: Legal loophole puts children playing sport at risk of abuse

He described beatings that would leave boys “black and blue” and suggested children were made to take their pyjama bottoms off for punishments as the priests “enjoyed” it.

Beatings were said to have been dealt out daily by the teachers – who were monks – for slight misdemeanours or perceived under-achievements.

The witness said: “The school was really ruled by hate and fear.”

The English Benedictine Congregation used the opening statements as an opportunity to apologise to those who had suffered harm while in its care.

The order also announced there had been 10 settlements reached in relation to alleged abuse, as of June, with three claims still to be dealt with.

It was heard funds raised from assets of the order’s Fort Augustus Abbey had been put into a trust to provide compensation to victims.

The inquiry before judge Lady Smith continues on Friday.

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17780542.child-abuse-inquiry-hears-priest-groomed-boy-carlekemp-priory/

A former boarding school resident has told how he became affectionate towards a priest during “grooming”.

David Walls, a 73-year-old linguist who was giving evidence at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, alleged that he was targeted by a monk, Aidan Duggan, during his time at Carlekemp Priory School in East Lothian between 1955 and 1958.

The priest, who died in 2004, had a “split personality”, lashing out at children before treating them fondly, the inquiry was told. The inquiry is investigating care given by the Benedictine Order at its residential establishments.

Mr Walls, who waived his right to anonymity, said: “It would be naive to think he wasn’t grooming me specifically by making my life miserable for a while — doing good cop, bad cop.

“I remember the feeling of total relief when he started hugging me, I actually started feeling affection for the man. In a sense it’s difficult to understand, but it was a real feeling of gratitude that the misery was over.”

Mr Walls told the inquiry that pupils used to “joke” about Duggan putting his hand up their shorts if he sat next to them at the dinner table.

Further incidents of alleged sexual misconduct were said to have happened after Duggan had given Mass. Mr Walls told the inquiry that the priest would have the boys kneel and then hug them so that their faces were on his genitals.

Separately, a former resident of a boarding school in the Highlands has claimed that it was ruled by “hate and fear”. The man, who is in his seventies and cannot be identified for legal reasons, described regimes of physical and emotional suffering at Fort Augustus Abbey School in the Highlands.

The witness suggested that children were made to take their pyjama bottoms off for punishments because the priests “enjoyed” it.

The English Benedictine Congregation used the opening statements as an opportunity to apologise to those who had suffered harm while in its care.

The order also announced that there had been ten settlements reached in relation to alleged abuse, as of June, with three claims still to be dealt with.

The inquiry, before judge Lady Smith, continues.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/benedictine-monk-aidan-duggan-groomed-pupil-into-feeling-affection-inquiry-told-7sxf2lknr


JULY 2Oth 2019

JULY 24th 2019

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/smell-toast-leaves-former-pupil-18771311

JULY 25th 2019 

https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/scotland/lawrence-of-arabia-made-pupil-realise-priest-was-sadomasochist-inquiry-told/

 

 

 

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