An orphanage operated by Catholic nuns in Scotland may be the site of a mass grave of 400 children.

The Scottish child abuse inquiry is to investigate claims that the bodies of at least 400 children from a home once run by Catholic nuns are buried in an unmarked mass grave.

The high infant mortality rate has raised concerns about conditions at Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanark, which was operated by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul.

It probably is too soon to draw conclusions, but if the allegations prove to be true it won’t be the first time, or place, that a home operated for the benefit of homeless children turned out to be a sink of sadism and premature death.

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