The Aberlour Child Care Trust

The Trust ran four institutions in Scotland which were investigated by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

Arbelour Orphanage

Aberlour Children’s Home

The Sycamore Cluster Fife

The Dowans

Aberlour Orphanage

The Orphanage was Scotland’s second largest children’s home, taking in around 6000 poor youngsters. Aberlour Orphanage was established by the Scottish Episcopal Church in 1875 and closed in 1967.  Tourists would pay to visit the Aberlour orphanage.  One child told the Scottish Abuse Inquiry “they locked us in the gym and they walked along the corridor, where there was a window into the gym, and looked at us, and they treated us like animals at the zoo, so we all pretended to be monkeys”.

In 1963 housemaster, Eric Lee, was jailed for six years having been convicted of 11 serious charges of abuse against 10 Aberlour boys.  The offences took place between 1961 and 1963

Aberlour housemaster “Captain Henry” abused boys in his care in the 1950s and 1960s.

Following the publication of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry’s report, Aberlour Childcare Trust chief executive said “We wish to again reiterate our unreserved apology to those who suffered abuse in the care of Aberlour”.