Mortonhall Investigation Report

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Mortonhall Investigation

The Mortonhall Investigation report was commissioned by the City of Edinburgh Council’s Chief Executive Sue Bruce in January 2013 after concerns were raised about practices at the crematorium and has been authored by the former Lord Advocate of Scotland, the Rt Hon Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC.

The remit of the report was to establish the facts regarding practices relating to the cremation of babies at Mortonhall Crematorium and to learn lessons that will ensure best practice for the future.

Dame Elish interviewed bereaved families, current and former members of crematorium staff, representatives from funeral directors, staff from other crematoria, support groups and health professionals and took opinion from experts in the field of human anthropology, law and forensic accountancy. The report, with annexes, extends to over 600 pages in total.

The report contains 22 recommendations which will now be taken forward by the Council and other relevant agencies.

Bereaved families may wish to seek support from specialist agencies.

The City of Edinburgh Council has not given any media advance sight of the content of the report. This report was made public at 10am today, 30 April 2014. Read the City of Edinburgh Council media statement.

If you would like to read a paper copy, one is available at each of the following libraries / Neighbourhood offices:


Tuesday 4th December 2012:  Council contacted re concerns about disposal of babies ashes at Mortonhall Crematorium

Friday 7th December 2012: Council announce Mike Rosendale will carry out internal investigation. 

Wednesday 9th January 2013: Rosendale Report published. Recommendation independent person carries out further investigation. 

Friday 11th January 2013: Lothian and Borders Police announce investigation after complaints received from parents.

Tuesday 22nd January 2013: Council announce Dame Elish Angiolini to carry out independent investigation.  

Thursday 18th April 2013: Police Scotland announce no criminal proceedings in their investigation.

Tuesday 18th June 2013: Dame Elish announces she has started to interview formal witnesses.

Wednesday 30th April 2014: Mortonhall Investigation Report distributed to parents and then published. 

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