Dunblane

In 1996 Thomas Hamilton, a Freemason, entered a school in Dunblane, Scotland, and shot 16 children and 1 adult.

Evidence of police interaction with Hamilton was sealed for 100 years. This long period inevitably raises suspicions. The official reason for suppression was conceal the identities of children, but their identities are in any case known. Therefore it is understandable that suspicions should arise that the suppression was to conceal important the identities of important individuals.

After pressure, some documents were released. Hamilton had been reported to police in 1991 for 10 charges of assault on a camp. It was recommended that Hamilton's gun licence be revoked. Inspector McMurdo, a Freemason, issued a gun licence anyway.

Lord Cullen referred to this event in his inquiry, but it did not feature in the index of his report.

Cullen was a member of a group within the Masons known as the Speculative Society.

The Cullen report was criticised by a fellow Mason, Lord Burton.

One such narrative is that was obtained on the basis of an endorsement from George Robertson, a Privy Councillor in the Blair government. It was alleged on an newspaper website that Robertson, who lived in Dunblane, was Hamilton's MP,
and that he had signed Hamilton's gun licence. Robertson successfully sued the newspaper over these allegations. He was not Hamilton's MP, and denied having signed his gun license.

Sandra Uttley wrote a book about the tragedy, Dunblane Unburied, which is on the web here.

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