LORD Cullen, who presided over the
Dunblane inquiry, was "taken aback" when he was asked to
declare whether he was a Freemason, newly released papers have revealed.
Documents relating to the school massacre, released
after a 100-year secrecy rule was lifted, show how police investigated
claims of a Masonic conspiracy.
But they appear to give little support to lingering
suspicions of a cover-up involving police, politicians and other senior
public figures. LINK
Among the 3,000 letters and reports uncovered is
correspondence between a member of public and Lord Cullen's office
regarding suggestions that the gunman, Thomas Hamilton, and senior
police, who were aware of concerns over summer camps and clubs he
ran, were Masons.
In one letter, the member of public, whose name has
been concealed [Ed ~ William Burns],
wrote to Lord Cullen's office after a date for a preliminary inquiry
hearing was set. LINK
The letter, dated 11 April 1996 - less than a month
after Hamilton killed 16 pupils and a teacher at Dunblane Primary
School - said: "It is in the public interest that Lord Cullen
be asked if he is a Freemason, given the widely held view by the public
that Thomas Hamilton's Masonic affiliation was probably the reason
that the Ombudsman overturned an earlier decision by Central Regional
Council in 1983 to prevent Hamilton from running youth clubs, and
that his Masonic affiliation probably facilitated his application
for a gun licence."
The letter-writer said anyone involved in the inquiry
who turned out to be a Freemason should be forced to resign - and
that included Lord Cullen. LINK
The letter went on: "It is far too important
to allow the Masonic implication to be whitewashed by furtive operations
in the Freemasons, intent only in 'diverting the discourse' - a Masonic
ruse - from the involvement of Freemasons and Freemasonry."
A handwritten note, apparently written by court staff
after consulting with Lord Cullen, is marked "verbal response"
and dated 18 April. It says "taken aback by the letter"
and "not a Freemason, never has been". LINK
Hamilton wrote scores of letters to police, council
officials, MPs and even the Queen, claiming he had been the victim
of a grand conspiracy to prevent him running boys' clubs.
In a statement given to Central Scotland Police in
June 1996, an unnamed Grand Lodge of Scotland leader said he was aware
of press speculation that Hamilton was a Mason, but said he did not
think this was true as it "would have come to light immediately
after the Dunblane incident". LINK
[Ed ~ The general
public might not know as intimately as the generality of Freemasons,
but the exact opposite is the case; Hamilton's records of Masonic
affiliation would be erased immediately after the Dunblane massacre,
so to distance any Masonic involvement from the wider scheme of things.
And why did an "unnamed" Grand Lodge of Scotland leader
make that statement? For one thing that leader could not
later be denounced personally for his lies. Hamilton
would most certainly have anticipated that situation. Before
turning their backs on him, those who protected Hamilton for many
years from prosecution, along with those who assisted him with the
renewal of his firearms' certificate over a sustained period of time,
would be called to account if the truth emerged after Hamilton's death.
Hamilton would anticipate that; but not the exact magnitude of the
evil potency with which the "citizens-above-suspicion" in
the Brotherhood are actually equipped.]