In memory of my friend Frank Docherty, a true fighter for abused children, born in Glasgow on the 25th of May 1944, who passed away on the 30th of April 2017 at the age of 72
This website is dedicated to the hundreds, if not thousands, of abused and sexually assaulted children who attended Dr Guthrie's schools in Edinburgh. The boys' school was closed in 1985 and the girls' school in 1986. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Whoever the child abusers are, it doesn't really matter. Because no one has ever been arrested, and no one ever will be.
There has been no apology from the Dr Guthrie's Association and under Scottish law survivors can't sue Dr Guthrie's schools.
It's bad enough that those who survived horrific child abuse at Dr Guthrie's schools have no choice but to seek redress from the government. It is completely unacceptable to us survivors that the Dr Guthrie's Association continues to mock us with his statue.
The statue is an insult to all survivors
If you have been a victim of child abuse at one of Dr Guthrie's schools, you should not keep it a secret any longer. If you haven't already told the police, please do so immediately.
Once you have been issued with a crime reference number, you will be able to make a claim for criminal injuries or compensation through the Scottish Government's redress scheme.
No matter how serious the abuse you have suffered, you will not be able to sue Dr Guthrie's Association SCIO in a Scottish court. So don't waste your time trying to take them to court.
You can also contact the Scottish Abuse Inquiry, although I wouldn't recommend it.
No one is being held accountable The suffering of the pupils of Dr Guthrie's 'ragged schools' was so horrific that only a tiny fraction of the 450 Scottish child abuse witness statements I have read come close to describing it.
According to Edinburgh City Council,
they claim they are not responsible for the abuse because they did not employ the workers
The Scotsman - Thursday 20 February 1969
When the administration of Scotland's approved schools changes into the hands of local authorities under the new Social Work "Scotland Act"
In December 1970, the same council classified the statue of Thomas Guthrie as B-list
In the same year, children were sexually abused and tortured in Dr Guthrie's schools
The Dr Guthrie's Association
claims that because they registered as a charity in 1986, the schools have nothing to do with them and they are not accountable for any abuse
However, before we can obtain any records that a survivor might need about their time at a Dr Guthrie school, the Dr Guthrie's Association must give their permission.
This blatantly corrupt set-up that doesn't take survivors into account is another example of the disregard with which survivors are treated.
Under Scottish law. The only thing Dr Guthrie's Association is being held responsible for is our records, not the abuse.
Many of the schools' records are closed for 100 years: individual closure dates are given in the catalogue.
Access to closed records cannot be granted except with written authority from: Azets, Secretaries and Treasurers, Dr. Guthrie's Association SCIO, Exchange Place 3, Semple Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8BL.
In 1970 you drove through the front gate of Dr Guthrie's Boys' School in Liberton, Edinburgh. There was a sign saying 'Dr Guthrie's School for Boys'. I thought that the symbol on the sign resembled the emblem of the Free Church of Scotland.
The Church of Scotland's logo is dark blue and the sign had the burning bush against a sky blue background.
Although I'm not sure if the Free Church of Scotland had anything to do with Dr Guthrie's schools - as it would be easier to find a needle in a haystack than information about Dr Guthrie's schools - Thomas Guthrie was a founding member and moderator of the Free Church of Scotland.
Dr Guthrie's Schools are currently under investigation for child abuse. The schools have been listed as a non-religious voluntary organisation.
During my time at Dr Guthrie's Boys' School, it was exclusively for Protestant boys, and attendance at church every Sunday was mandatory.
Job advertisements in the 1960s newspapers often specified that only Protestant applicants would be considered for school jobs.
So many people have been denied a decent future by these Dr Guthrie's schools.
Children who were abused within the walls of the institutions have cried so much that the buildings are saturated with horror.
They were simply children's prisons and torture centres masquerading as schools.
There is a 100 year D notice on Dr Guthrie's schools. No matter where I look on the internet, I can't find many photographs. There was a swimming pool at the Boys' School which was also used by the local schools.
I can't find any photographs of the swimming pool