Betty Corrigall's Grave

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Betty Corrigall's Grave information

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Betty Corrigall was a local girl who was made pregnant and then abandoned by a visiting sailor in the late 18th century. Shamed and ostracised by the tight-knit community, she hanged herself – but as a suicide, she was denied a burial in hallowed ground. So poor Betty was interred on the high moors near the parish boundary.

Her resting place lay forgotten until the coffin was accidentally unearthed by peat cutters in 1933. Beside the main road, halfway between Moaness and Lyness, it is now marked by a simple white headstone and planted with flowers, the loneliest and most poignant grave in Scotland.