WILDCAT Compensation for former pupils at Fort Augustus and Carlekemp


Compensation for former pupils at Fort Augustus and Carlekemp

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.


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