The Scots College in Spain
teaching was done, in his room in the college, by the vice-rector. Fortunately, the six students were all theologians and it was possible to amalgamate them into the one class.
Food was plentiful enough but it was a bad year for crops in Boecillo and Canterac since, due to the demands of the war, there was a shortage of labour. Humble placed the houses a t Canterac and Boecillo a t the disposal of the military. The first was taken over as a barracks in March 1937 but the offer of Boecillo was declined since it was too far from the city and lacked running water and up-to-date sanitation. The cellars of the college in town were available to the public as shelters when enemy planes appeared overhead. There were, in fact, some air raids during 1936; with the new year, their frequency increased. Some bombs were dropped and there were casualties in the city. The rector, however, gave the community a lead in sang-froid for, although several of the raids occurred at lunch time, he "presided imperturbably and took his food without any discernible diminution of relish".
On 21st April, however, a bomb exploded in the garden of the college a few yards from the kitchen and near where the garage now is.
"It feet in
made a hole in the ground 10 feet deep and about 25-30 diameter. Fortunately the ground was fairly soft, and the
force of the explosion was to 'some shock was terrific. Windows-frames
extent smothered; still,
disappeared, doors were shattered, tiles and chimney pots blown off,
and fragments of
the bomb embedded in the walls all round. There
300 and 400 panes of
glass destroyed ...
"Our little experience, and the almost daily, and sometimes nightly, "alarms" began to have a bad effect, and a high state of nervous tension became noticeable in one or two of the students, and as panic is easily aroused, it was thought prudent that, on the
termination of their studies, the months' vacation in their homes-to
students should pass return in September,
the three or October,
should circumstances permit. This, it was felt, would relieve the anxiety of parents and relatives for their boys, would be a needed relaxation for the students and would, no doubt, lessen for Your Lordships the feeling of responsibility. The Bishops acceded to the suggestion and the students left the College for Scotland on May 31st 1937. Dr. Connolly and I remain here, as the interests and care of the College cannot be aband~ned."~
3. College archives 48/28. By this time the nationalists were in control of San Sebastian and Irtin so that the railway from Valladolid to the frontier was again open. The money for the students' fares was borrowed from the English College and paid into the latter's account in Britain by the Scottish bishops.