:: T h e G r a v e o f B e t t y C o r r i g a l l ::
The loneliest grave in the UK.
Betty's life was in ruins when, at 27, the man she had fallen pregnant to deserted her and ran away to sea. The castigation of the locals and the shame of the situation were too much. She attempted to drown herself in the sea, but was rescued and taken back to shore. Days later she hanged herself.
Her suicide meant that she could not be given a Christian burial and had to be interred in unconsecrated ground. Her final resting place was an unmarked, isolated grave on the boundary of the parish. Here she lay forgotten.
In 1933, two men out cutting peat uncovered a box which was found to contain the body of a young woman, her body preserved by the peat. The noose that had ended her life lay beside her. Betty Corrigall was returned to the earth, where she should have remained undisturbed. However, during WWII her grave was dug up a number of times by inquisitive soldiers stationed on the island. The resulting exposure to the air meant that Betty’s remains rapidly deteriorated. A concrete slab was eventually put over the grave, but it remained unmarked.
In 1949, an American minister erected a wooden cross on the grave and surrounded it with a fence. In 1976, a small fibre-glass headstone was erected at the grave and a quiet burial service was performed. The gravestone read simply “Here lies Betty Corrigall”.
The girl who had died a sinner for nothing more than love and trust could finally rest in peace.
:: T h e O l d M a n o f H o y ::
Iceland :: Road to Þorsmörk
Epic journey to Þorsmörk
Iceland :: Suðurland
Images from Reynir and Dyrhólaey, Iceland. September 2013
England :: Lyveden New Bield
Begun by Sir Thomas Tresham to symbolise his Catholic faith, Lyveden remains incomplete and virtually unaltered since work stopped on his death in 1605.
An Icelandic Miscellany
A selection of images that didn't fit with the other projects.
Achnashellach :: Field of the Willows
Winter 2015. On the River Carron near Achnashellach - between Loch Scaven and Loch Dughaill in Wester Ross, Highlands, Scotland. Achnashellach is gaellic for 'Field of the Willows'. Captured at around 5pm on a wet and windy February afternoon. My poor little camera withers and crumbles at ISO 800, but I like the overall colour and texture of these images.
Iceland :: Sunset over Þingvellir
Driving back to Reykjavik
Orkney :: Landscapes
Isle of Mull :: The Promise
Abandoned boats (but not hope).
Norway :: The Bergen Railway
Taken through the double-glazed windows of a moving train on the Oslo to Bergen Railway
Isle of Skye :: Sligachan
Photographs from around Sligachan