:: 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 ::
Isle of Mull :: The Promise
Abandoned boats (but not hope).
Belgium :: Bruges
A day in Bruges
Vietnam :: Heaven's Gate
North-West Vietnam, Tram Ton Pass near Sa Pa
Iceland :: Reykjanes
Images from Krýsuvik, Seltún Geothermal Fields, Kleifarvatn, Sveifluháls and Svartsengi Geothermal Power Station.
Sunset at Tram Ton Pass near Sapa, Lào Cai Province, North-West Vietnam. This is Vietnam's highest mountain pass (1,900 metres) and it regularly has extreme winds as it acts as a dividing line between two weather fronts - on one side is Sapa which is about the coldest place in Vietnam and on the other is Lai Chau which is one of the warmest. I was perched on a rickety bamboo platform jutting over the edge of the cliff - what could possibly go wrong! There was only the odd moment when I was not completely enveloped in cloud - the whole day had been fog so thick in Sapa that you could not see across the road. So, much to the amusement of the locals I decided to see if the weather was any better at Tram Ton Pass and to try and get some sunset photos. I was at the pass for about an hour, and for about 45 minutes of that time I was completely enveloped in fog. These images reflect pretty much the only time I could take pictures (between cloud and wind gusts and the movement of the platform).
Orkney :: The Italian Chapel
Isle of Skye :: Carbost
A view of Carbost on the Minginish Peninsula with the Cuillins in the background.
Iceland :: Vesturland
Photos of Snæfelsnes and Hvalfjörður in Vesturland, September 2013.
Isle of Skye :: Road to the Cuillins
On the Dunvegan Road toward Sligachan and the Cuillins
Rannoch :: Dubh Lochan
A few moments at Rannoch Station