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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.LINK  In his report at paragraph 5.6, Lord Cullen said: "I am satisfied that he [Hamilton] was not a member of the Masons".LINK  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.LINK [Ed ~ 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 respond personally 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 inevitably arise 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 salt.]

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 from the lessons?  Will the lessons be learned by the police, or will they be learned by the Masonic Brotherhood to cover their tracks more efficiently in future?]

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?LINK]   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 month.

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