House of Lords
16 Dec 1996
Baroness Blatch: My noble friend Lord Burton also made
reference to Thomas Hamilton and the possibility of his involvement
with the Masons. In his report at paragraph 5.6, Lord Cullen
said: "I am satisfied that he [Hamilton] was not a member of the
But I should put it on record that Mr. McMurdo has made it clear that
he is not and has never been a member of a Masonic lodge
To whom was it made clear and on what record was it put? More
importantly, what was the exact terminology? LINK
Both Lord Cullen and the Lord Advocate Colin Boyd used their secretaries
to impart that self-same wording in response to this website editor's
question, asking them if they were Masons. They refused to
to the question, but got someone else to respond in the negative on
their behalf. Why? The reason is that it is a Masonic ruse
to avoid answering such uncomfortable questions by getting someone else
to deny it on their behalf. Many other awkward questions would
as a result of this.] and I understand that
the allegations have caused him a good deal of personal distress.
Therefore the warning is that we should be very careful when making
allegations that we have some evidence to make them rather than impugn
unnecessarily someone's character. [Ed.
~ It could only cause Douglas McMurdo (former Deputy Chief Constable
of Central Police) a good deal of personal distress and impugn his character
if it was discovered that McMurdo was a member of a Masonic
lodge. For that would explain beyond doubt why Hamilton and Freemasonry
were intrinsically involved in shielding Hamilton for years. Even
after his death Hamilton's Masonic affiliation was concealed by Cullen
at his Inquiry. That said, if Douglas McMurdo was not in fact a
Mason, by simply asking him if he was, how could it possibly cause him
a "good deal of personal distress"? Was Baroness Blatch,
unwittingly or otherwise, being goaded by fellow peers to pose that
particular question; fearful about putting their own heads above the
parapet?. These characters would be intent only in "defending
a brother's character in his absence as in his presence" (the fifth
of the Five Points of Fellowship - the strongest oath of brotherhood?).
Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, for instance, a member of the exclusive, secretive,
and highly suspect, Masonic Speculative Society of Edinburgh LINK,
was one of the peers in the Lords who bullied and threatened Lord Burton,
the then Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, when Lord Burton
raised his concerns in the House. LINK
In any event, to get someone else to deny on your behalf any Masonic
affiliation is a recurring ruse that has to be taken with a pinch of
My noble friend Lord Burton also criticised the Central
Scotland Police. Lord Cullen's inquiry examined thoroughly Central
Scotland Police's actions. LINK
[Ed ~ Liar LINK].
The deputy chief constable, Mr. McMurdo, resigned from the force and
from his post in Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland. Of
course, there are lessons to be learned from Lord Cullen's findings. Police
forces throughout Britain are learning them, and those as well as the
other factors identified by Lord Cullen will enable Home Office guidance
to the police to be comprehensive when it is finally agreed and issued.
[Ed.~ Who exactly will learn the lessons?
Is the lessons to be learned intended for the police per se, or was
it intended for the Masonic Brotherhood?]
Perhaps I may say this to my noble friend Lord Burton. Talk
of a cover-up is nonsense. The procurator fiscal and the Lord
Advocate made it clear to the public that anybody, but anybody, with
any information should disclose it to the procurator fiscal who would
then arrange for it to be placed before the Cullen Inquiry. There
have been two inquiries. These allegations are outrageous.
They imply that my noble and learned friend the Lord Advocate LINK,
who has sat with me throughout the debate, and Lord Cullen deliberately
concealed relevant lines of inquiry from public scrutiny. LINK
They did not, my Lords. My noble friend really must
provide evidence if he continues to make those kinds of allegations.
My noble friend Lord Burton also referred to the seizure
of gun clubs' records. He will know that when he first brought
this point to me I expressed some sympathy with the points he made.
Records were taken possession of by the police in accordance with recognised
Scottish procedures. LINK
Acting on the instructions of the procurator fiscal, the police seized
the records of all the gun clubs with whom Hamilton was known to have
been associated. [Ed
~ What about the shooting range at Queen Victoria
School (QVS) in Dunblane?
No receipts were issued by the police. It is not normal
for such receipts to be issued in Scotland. The records were required
for the Cullen inquiry and for the fatal accident inquiry into the death
of Mrs. Mayor, the class teacher. That inquiry took place last