Compensation for care homes abuse

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The claims relate to former Nazareth House children's homes Victims of abuse at Nazareth House children's homes have been paid official compensation and more could follow, BBC Scotland has learned. Full Story
Nick Kyle

London, UK

#1707 Jul 20, 2011
Hi Margaret, I tried to contact you using, but no luck. I wonder if any researchers would be interested in an audio recording that I made in the 1980s of my late grandmother speaking about her time in Nazareth House around 1908 and the extensive physical abuse that she received over several years. Could you point me in the right direction?
Nick Kyle

Since: Jun 11

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#1708 Jul 21, 2011
Hi anyone on here who was in naz/house at lenton
nottingham in 1947 to 1953..
Thank You P Phillips.
Molly Brady

Manchester, UK

#1709 Jul 22, 2011
Nick Kyle wrote:
Hi Margaret, I tried to contact you using, but no luck. I wonder if any researchers would be interested in an audio recording that I made in the 1980s of my late grandmother speaking about her time in Nazareth House around 1908 and the extensive physical abuse that she received over several years. Could you point me in the right direction?
Nick Kyle
Nick, I hope somehow your Grandmothers recording gets an airing. She must have been one very brave lady to speak out.Which Naz House was she in? It may encourage others to come forward and speak about their own experiences of physical and metal abuse by these so called 'Brides of Christ'..
You could always try posting on UTube?
Best of luck!

Since: Jun 11

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#1710 Jul 22, 2011
Hi Nick
I agree with Moll put it on U/tube.
As its the spoken word,not just the written word.
Must be so hard for you to listen too.
P Phillips...


#1711 Jul 23, 2011
hi regina i was in sr kevins group i was there from 69 til 74 ,do you remember me ?it would be great to hear from you .best wishes maggs
Paul Morgan

Smethwick, UK

#1712 Jul 27, 2011
Hello to everyone who are trying to get some well deserved compensation for being left at the hands of the Nazerath House Nuns during the war years. I would appreciate any information to this regard as my 81 year old Mother was in one of the orphanages in 1934 for a total of 12 years, of abuse. If any compensation sums have been agreed to by solicitors and victims i would appreciate making contact for a chat and see what progress is being made. thanks to all. Paul Morgan
James Russell

Grays, UK

#1713 Aug 2, 2011
Hi my 85 year old grandad was in one of the Nazareth house orphanages in Scotland all through the thirties and is desperately trying to find if there is anybody he could make contact with who was there at the same time. Would really appreciate any information, thank you
James Russell

Grays, UK

#1714 Aug 3, 2011
If anyone was in Nazareth house Aberdeen during the 1930s please get in touch my grandad James Russell would love to hear from you
michael parkinson

Sydney, Australia

#1715 Aug 3, 2011
I was at Nazareth House Southhampton from 1954 to 59 adn amybe melchett Court

Since: Jun 11

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#1716 Aug 4, 2011
Hi everyone.
Any info on Nazareth House (Lenton) Nottingham.
In the 1940s/1950s,would help me so much.
Thank You.
James Russell

Grays, UK

#1717 Aug 5, 2011
My name is James Russell I was at Nazareth house Aberdeen from 1927 until 1940 I'm trying to get in touch with Ina Hepburn she was also at the same Nazareth house, after she left she went to work at the sanatorium in kinussie Inverness. Hoping someone can help me any information would be greatly appreciated
Diane Elizabeth Meehan

Epsom, UK

#1718 Aug 10, 2011
Yeah the nuns were cruel you had to find a way of out smarting them. Which i did on a number of occasions. But these nuns were the devil and needed a good ,hope they are gettin punised in so called Heaven!!!!!!!!!! Whatever you Bitches..........
Diane Elizabeth Meehan

Epsom, UK

#1719 Aug 10, 2011
Wots the point ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff fffff

Harrogate, UK

#1721 Aug 11, 2011
I have posted before without any luck, but just got out the old paperwork that I received from the family care society in belfast. Unfortunately the dates that I have been given for my father in law and his brother and sister dont quite add up.My father in law was admitted into nazareth lodge in belfast in 1933 aged 4, discharged in 1934 then re admitted later that year then left in 1942 he was called alfred o'connell. His brother patrick went in in 1937 aged 3 then discharged in 1950.His sister who was admitted in 1936 aged 9 was apparentley discharged in 1935!!She was then put up for adoption. She was called Emma Mary, but baptised Eunice Mathilda Dallas O'Connell. After leaving the home my father in law then went over to Aberdeen where he met my mother in law. My husband said that he would never talk about his time in the home. Any info would be well received

Warrington, UK

#1722 Aug 11, 2011
hi everyone iv been away for a wee while iv noticted a few new faces ,i came on here looking for support ,i got some friends and i founf deirdre ,she helped me a lot and supported me ,i found out a lot of usefull information from others too .i was in nh aberdeen the 1 name that stands out to me is sr rudolph still cant get over the evil cruel things that she done ,however this site is good for support. love connie xx


#1723 Aug 12, 2011
martin allan wrote:
does anyone remember sister regina at nazareth house kilmarnock 1970,s
Hi martin its maggs i lost your numbers can you contact me please
liz henry

Bath, UK

#1724 Aug 19, 2011
christine shelds wrote:
i remember the mc conkeys and the powers carmel dolan judy connely i also remember benadette mc soilley all in sister fances group i would love 2 hear from them
I was in sister frances group too with my two sisters Catherine and jennifer from around 1963-1972 do you remember us.
From the Highlands

Liverpool, UK

#1725 Aug 23, 2011
Margarget Goggins wrote:
In response to Carlo, yes, it is a matter of human respect, but for those of us who spent our childhoods in Nazareth Houses across the globe, it is ALSO about the Catholic Church and the abuse perpetrated against children in these homes was endemic and across the board.
Anyone can argue, as the Bishop of Aberdeen has argued in the case against one nun from Nazareth House Aberdeen, who was found guilty in a criminal trial, that it was a matter of discipline in those days and that physical punishment was meted out to all children. There is a very wide difference between abuse and punishment.
Punishment infers that a child has done something wrong. Abuse is meted out without justification and is therefore wrong in both the eyes of the law and the child who has no power to stop it happening.
Telling a child they will burn in hell because they wet the bed, being put in a bath full of Jeyes fluid at 5am and being battered with a wooden hairbrush or coathanger does not sit well with many of us who have suffered in this way.
Deirdre, there is one message running through this forum and that is that the majority of us suffered most abominably at the hands of these nuns.
Yes, there was a tuck shop, but the nuns did their best to ensure that by the time they had dished out enough punishment for minor infringments of their ridiculous rules, that many of us never saw the inside of the tuck shop.
As far as eating grass is concerned, I and my peers on many occasions did in actual fact eat grass.
Yes, we watched films, yes, we did play outside in the yard playing on the swings etc and the other activities you mention, but what I have to say is that we would be left out in the yard for hours on end regardless of the severity of the weather with the door locked while the nuns stayed inside in the warm.
Everyone has different memories of our childhoods in Nazareth Houses, and for some of us, the memories are more acute than others, and I have also to say that those who felt their childhoods in Nazareth Houses were satisfactory are very much in the minority.
I applaud anyone who has taken the time out of their lives to write accounts of what went on behind the closed doors of Nazareth House, simply because they have spoken for the majority of us.
I was in your class at at St Peter's and I knew your brother Joseph very well. I remeber the nuns very well "Ossie" with the stick. Anyway, she is where God pleases now. We had some very good nuns as well Sr. Anunciata, Eusibius, both dead now. Your Gee Gee(eugius) That one would go through for a short cut!
rosetta maguire


#1726 Aug 25, 2011
hi,i was in the Nazareth home in Belfast from 1956 -1960.I think there was a brother there as well.He was born 1959.Our surname was maguire.His first name may have been Bernard,not sure thou.Does any one remember anything about us in the home.Our birth mothers name was Margaret maguire.Please get in touch.
Maria Cunningham

Napier, New Zealand

#1727 Aug 26, 2011
Margaret Goggins wrote:
Yes, but they have got something to hide! All of the Nazareth Houses in the UK and elsewhere have nasty, hidden secrets in their walls.
I am involved in a group action against the Nazareth House order. They tried to say they had never heard of me or my brother and 2 sisters, and a court order had to be obtained to get my records.
I was in Nazereth Lodge and St Josephs baby home prior to that from 1963 - 1968. I have been back to Belfast as I have found other family members but I was told any records of me at both homes could not be found? So when you got your records was is just confirming your where there or was their more? I live in NZ now but still trying to complete my picture.

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