‘The secrecy surrounding Queen Victoria School must end’: Victim tells how authorities turned a blind eye to years of abuse

Dunblane massacre was a horrific smokescreen for what was going on in Dunblane

A former pupil of an elite Ministry of Defence boarding school has told how he suffered years of sexual abuse and bullying.

Tom Davis was beaten and sexually abused by an older pupil at the Queen Victoria School in Dunblane, Perthshire. But when he complained to school authorities, he says teachers there made his life unbearable and he eventually left. Mr Davis, now 47, who is a technical sales expert, said: “What happened at that awful place has haunted me all my life.

“The MoD failed to protect me then and they are continuing to fail me now because they have yet to acknowledge what went on there. The secrecy surrounding Queen Victoria School must end.” Last week, the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) announced that Queen Victoria would be among a series of leading Scottish private schools to be examined at this summer’s hearings. Gordonstoun – Prince Charles’ former school; Fettes College – where Tony Blair studied; Merchiston Castle, Edinburgh; Loretto, in Musselburgh; Morrison’s Academy in Crieff, Perthshire and the now-closed Keil School in Dumbarton will also be investigated.

Inquiry chairman Judge Lady Smith released a YouTube video urging former pupils and staff who suffered or witnessed abuse at any of those schools to come forward. Mr Davis has already written to the inquiry about his time at Queen Victoria school, where it has been claimed Dunblane gunman Thomas Hamilton used the shooting range. He said: “I was there when Hamilton was a regular on the premises, using the school’s facilities and taking boys away for camps and outside activities. “It was a shock seeing his face again when he carried out his awful crimes, but very little was made of his connection to Queen Victoria School. It’s time the whole truth came out about that place, and just what went on there.”

Mr Davis, originally from Kirkcaldy, was sent to the school in 1976 after his father, a Scots Guard, was killed in Northern Ireland. The bright youngster planned to follow his dad into the forces. But when he was 13, he claims a pupil who was four years older than him began sexually abusing him.

Mr Davis said: “I tried everything I could to keep as far away as possible from him, but that is almost impossible to do when you are at a boarding school. “The abuse was horrific and I was terrified. My grades began to plummet and I was extremely stressed out and anxious. I eventually broke down and told my mum what was happening.” The traumatised youngster was called into the headmaster’s office and questioned.

But he claims there was no sympathy for what he was enduring. Mr Davis said: “The way I was spoken to and questioned made it clear that I wasn’t believed. “My tormentor was questioned, but nothing happened to stop him or send him away. He then told everyone that I had gone to the headmaster. “From then on I was subjected to a vicious bullying campaign as well as sexual abuse.

“At the same time, the teachers ostracised me instead of supporting me. I felt hopeless and alone.” Mr Davis says that at the time he wasn’t interviewed by the police about what had happened to him. He said: “I doubt whether the school even reported the matter to them as everyone seemed more concerned with the reputation of the school. “My life there became impossible. They literally forced me out when I was 15.”

Mr Davis had to ditch his plans to follow in his dad’s footsteps by joining the military, and with his schooling disrupted, he did not manage to acquire the exam grades he was expected to. He said: “What happened at that school impacted the rest of my life. I’ve found it very difficult to trust.”

Two years ago, Mr Davis contacted the police and was later awarded more than £16,000 by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority – the highest award they can make in that specific category. But his tormentor has never been prosecuted, and Mr Davis said: “While that officially acknowledges what happened, nothing has been done to ensure those responsible for failing to protect me are required to explain. “I also worry whether others were put at risk, and what happened to them.”

Tom’s lawyer, Cameron Fyfe, is now preparing to take legal action against the MoD, and is also asking for a full investigation by them and an apology. But Mr Fyfe said: “The school turned a blind eye to the abuse Tom suffered as a child. “It appears to be continuing to do so. Tom suffered twice – from the abuse and then from the bullying. “The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority have investigated and have ruled that he was abused.

“If the school and MOD continue failing to support him and don’t acknowledge what happened, that is unforgivable.” The MOD said: “Queen Victoria School treats all allegations of any kind of abuse with the utmost seriousness.

“We are currently unable to comment on this or any other historic allegations as they are part of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, with which the School is co-operating fully.”

  • Dunblane 'cover-up' concerns revealed in official papers

    Government ministers discussed the need to "close down" public perception of a cover-up over the Dunblane massacre, official papers have revealed. Thomas Hamilton murdered 16 children and their teacher in Dunblane Primary School on 13 March 1996. Police reports from 1991 on Hamilton were sealed for 100 years to protect the children concerned.

    The discussion is revealed in newly-released papers dating from the then Scottish Executive in 2003. The 100-year ban covered police reports about incidents of alleged abuse at a summer camp run by Hamilton. However, speculation emerged that the reports linked the mass murderer with members of the Scottish establishment.

    Extracts published during a public inquiry led by Lord Cullen showed a 1991 police report recommended Hamilton should be prosecuted for his activities at the summer camp and have his gun licence revoked, but no further action was taken.

    'Incomprehensibly lengthy'

    The Cabinet minutes from February 2003 said: "If the documents were released earlier into the public domain there would be a possibility that individuals who were still alive could be identified. "The documents had, however, been made available in full to the Dunblane Inquiry." The minutes said that there was a "strong public perception of a cover-up."

    They said: "A 100 years closure seemed incomprehensibly lengthy to the public... what mattered was to close the story down." The minutes said that releasing a "sanitised" version of the report would be "more difficult than generally thought and administratively costly." They said: "Doing so might not be sufficient to satisfy concerns.

    "One alternative might be to indicate that the papers had been reviewed by an independent person who could assure the public that they did not contain the kind of references which had been suggested." In 2005, the then lord advocate Colin Boyd lifted the restriction on some documents closed under the 100-year rule.

  • Panic over Dunblane massacre conspiracy theories as secret files released
  • Much more on Dunblane massacre Speculative mafia interference here
    MSPs are to consider calls for a public inquiry into the Dunblane shootings. Three separate petitions relating to the massacre are to be discussed at the Scottish Parliament. It comes just over a week after the 10th anniversary of the incident on 13 March, 1996, which saw 16 children and a teacher shot dead. Two of the petitions are calling for a new public inquiry into the shootings. One asks whether an original inquiry failed to consider crucial evidence.

    Witness statements

    Holyrood's public petitions committee will consider a submission by Sandra Uttley, the former partner of Mick North, whose daughter Sophie was one of Hamilton's young victims. Miss Uttley, who has now separated from Dr North and lives in Cowbar, near Whitby, is calling on MSPs to urge the Scottish Executive to hold a new inquiry into the shootings at Dunblane Primary School. A separate petition put forward by William Burns, from South Queensferry on the outskirts of Edinburgh, is also demanding a fresh public inquiry. He wants this to look at whether Hamilton led a "charmed life" and whether or not the original probe by Lord Cullen failed to consider crucial evidence. Another petition on the agenda for Wednesday's meeting has been submitted by Doreen Hagger, from Aberdeen. She wants the parliament to urge ministers to instruct Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary to investigate Central Scotland Police's dealings with Hamilton from 1975 up to 1996 and to examine the 1,655 witness statements taken as part of the investigation into the shooting.

  • The Old Boys’ Club III: The Dunblane Massacre and Freemason Speculation
  • ‘The secrecy surrounding Queen Victoria School must end’: Victim tells how authorities turned a blind eye to years of abuse
  • PETITIONS ON DUNBLANE HERE PE948, PE940 and PE933 (Link probably moved into a black hole digital storage after the SNP took power)
    Cullen Inquiry bears the hallmarks of a cover-up(masonic)

    Business Bulletin No. 150/2004
    Monday 25 October 2004
    Carolyn Leckie: The Cullen Inquiry into the Dunblane Tragedy

    That the Parliament is concerned about the 100-year closure order which is currently in force on over 100 documents which formed part of the Cullen Inquiry into the Dunblane Tragedy; is further concerned to note that there is no statutory basis for this 100-year closure order and that, despite the Lord Advocate two years ago agreeing to release some of the papers, after editing to delete the names of children whose identity must be protected, no access to the documents has yet been allowed.

    Notes that the documents covered by the 100-year closure order include police reports, plans of Dunblane Primary School and part of Thomas Hamilton’s autopsy report; believes that the Cullen Inquiry left many questions unanswered, including allegations that Thomas Hamilton had access to the facilities at Queen Victoria School and associated with police officers and other well-known members of the community and the fact that there is a period prior to the tragedy when the whereabouts of Thomas Hamilton and who he met is unknown; further believes that the Cullen Inquiry made no serious effort to discover Thomas Hamilton’s lifestyle and associates prior to the Dunblane Tragedy which might have shed some light on what drove him to commit such a dreadful act; believes that the Cullen Inquiry bears the hallmarks of a cover-up, and calls for a new inquiry, without a restrictive remit, to be set up without delay.

    Link to issue was here but due to the Scottish Parliament's constant archiving of its work all of it becomes buried in a digital database that is like climbing a mountain
    The News of the World by Marcello Mega


    THE inquiry into the Dunblane massacre was a massive cover-up, a top Scots Freemason has sensationally claimed. Former Grand Master Lord Burton says that Lord Cullen's official probe suppressed crucial information to protect high-profile legal figures. He says they may belong to a secretive "super-Mason" group called The Speculative Society. Some had links to Dunblane's Queen Victoria School -where gunman Thomas Hamilton was allowed to roam free before the 1996 atrocity. And Lord Burton revealed that he was bullied and threatened by other peers when he tried to raise his concerns in the House of Lords.

    Last night the 79-year-old aristocrat said: "There's no escaping the fact that there's something sinister about the whole affair." He was prompted into action after reading in the News of the World last month that police are investigating claims that pupils at QVS were regularly taken away and sexually abused. The Cullen Inquiry failed to investigate why suspected paedophile Hamilton was allowed to wander around the school whenever he liked, running camps and using the shooting range.


    Former housemaster Glenn Harrison told us how he even found Hamilton, 43, creeping around the dormitories at night. He said Hamilton, who murdered 16 pupils and a teacher at Dunblane Primary School in 1996, had close links to a top cop. Glenn said he was aghast that he was never called to give evidence at the Cullen Inquiry. He said: "I was one of the people who was making a fuss about Hamilton long before he killed those children, but no one wanted to listen." Now Lord Burton has contacted him at his new home in the Shetland Islands, saying he believes Glenn wasn't called to give evidence to avoid the embarrassment of top legal names being dragged into it. The QVS school is for children of the miltary services and has long-standing links to high office -its current patron is the Duke of Edinburgh.
    Whoever holds the position of Secretary of State for Scotland becomes president and Scotland's second-most senior judge, the Lord Justice Clerk, becomes a commissioner.

    Lord Burton said: "I was Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Scotland at the time and I'm aware that most of the conspiracy theories around Dunblane revolve around allegations of a Masonic conspiracy. "I do have some difficulty with that, but I have learned of an apparent connection between prominent members of the legal establishment involved in the inquiry, and the secretive Speculative Society. "The society was formed at Edinburgh University through Masonic connections so I accept that there might be a link by that route. But Hamilton was never a Mason. His grandfather was."

    Current members of The Speculative Society include Lord Cullen and a number of other judges, sheriffs and advocates. Lord Burton has been trying for years to get to the bottom of the conspiracy theories, using his influence in the House of Lords until the reforms meant he was no longer entitled to sit in Westminster. Last night he said: "I tried repeatedly to raise concerns about the inquiry during my time in the Lords, and I was bullied and threatened by powerful peers loyal to the Conservative Government of the day, who warned me of dire consequences if I continued to embarrass them." But the determined peer pressed on and in 1999, asked a question in the Lords which revealed that documents from the inquiry had been ordered to be locked up for 100 years. Among them was a police report revealing that Hamilton had been accused of sexually abusing boys and had been considered by some officers unfit to hold a firearms licence.


    Lord Burton added: "We still need to know why that was necessary. Who was the secrecy protecting?" Although the official reason is to protect the families of possible abuse victims, it's unusual for documents to be locked up unless for matters of national security. In July, Dunblane ambulance worker Sandra Uttley told the News of the World how she and friend Doreen Hagger had drawn up a 50-point, 5,000-word dossier calling for secrecy surrounding the tragedy to be lifted. They claimed that dozens of questions have gone unanswered and crucial lines of enquiry were ignored. Former ambulance worker Sandra said: "There may be other individuals who should face prosecution." Glenn Harrison had kept dozens of files from pupils alleging bullying and abuse while he was at the QVS and wrote to parents warning of the dangers in 1991. It led to him being ousted from the school and just days before he left, police raided his home and confiscated the files.

    When Glenn read Sandra's story, he went back to police -and this time they agreed to investigate . Last night he said he in turn had been glad to receive the call from Lord Burton. He added: "I've been making noises for years and I sometimes despair and think it's time to just accept we'll never get to the truth. "But I think we owe it to all the people who were so affected by the killings to continue to demand answers to the many questions that were never asked." Glenn told us that Hamilton had been a friend of Ben Philip, the senior housemaster at the QVS. Mr Philip died in December 1993, aged 46, when he fell from a ladder while hanging decorations.

    Glenn said: "They were friends so Hamilton was a regular visitor to the school and I was introduced to him. "Ben Philip was a decent guy who was very trusting. "I think he thought he and Hamilton shared interests in things like the outdoors, and he couldn't see that Hamilton had another motive for wanting to be around the school. "Hamilton ran camps in the school grounds, and he used the shooting range freely.


    "He came and went as he pleased, almost as if he owned the place, and no one has ever tried to explain why he had such freedom. "I am still haunted by the memory of picking up my newspaper on March 14 1996 and reading about what had occurred at Dunblane Primary School the day before. "I just knew the killer had to be Thomas Hamilton. He should have been stopped." Demands have already been made to the Scottish Executive to investigate the influence of The Speculative Society. It was formed in 1764 as an offshoot of the Masons and has counted Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson and Hugh MacDiarmid among its most celebrated members.

    The Spec, as it is known, is described by its members as a debating club. They meet in candlelit vaults below Edinburgh University's Old College in the winter. Prospective members are normally approached while they study at the university. Its membership -which was secret until a year ago -reads like a Who's Who of the rich and powerful in Scotland. Campaigners were determined to reveal the membership amid concerns, many expressed by senior lawyers who are not members, of the disproportionate influence the Spec is said to wield. One legal figure who has long been suspicious of the Spec said: "Members laugh off the suspicions and say it's just a debating club.

    "But, given that the members are picked as undergrads and almost without exception go on to reach the pinnacle of their careers, you have to think either that those making the selection are very astute at spotting potential, or that membership gives you a leg up in life. "I know which option I favour."
    Gunman mows down class of children leaving 16 dead with their teacher

    Thursday March 14, 1996

    The small Scottish town of Dunblane was racked with grief and horror last night as details emerged of the killer who had lived in their midst until yesterday, when he shot dead 16 small children and a teacher in three minutes of carnage in a primary school gym. Thomas Hamilton, aged 43, a disgraced former Scout master whose behaviour had attracted the attention of the police, turned one of his four guns on himself after killing or injuring all but one of a class of 29 five- and six-year-olds at Dunblane primary school, near Stirling. Last night three of the 12 children at hospital in Stirling, Falkirk and Glasgow were on the critical list. As the Queen, the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition registered their shock and distress at the worst multiple murder this country has seen, there were immediate calls for greater security in schools and tightening of the laws on gun ownership, last addressed after the Hungerford massacre in August 1987.

    No obvious motive had emerged yesterday, but the many people who had encountered Hamilton drew a picture of a man who was obsessed with small boys and embittered by rejection. He became a Scout leader in 1973, aged 20, but was asked to leave the following year because of complaints about his behaviour at camp. He tried many times to get back into the organisation. Later he ran a boys' club - at one time in the school gym, some say - and recently, said a neighbour, he had been turned down as a voluntary worker for the primary school where he yesterday wreaked such bloody havoc. It is believed the gunman began firing his weapons in the playground not long after school began, then forced his way past two of the 25 staff as he walked along a passageway, past the dining room, and into the gym, where 45-year-old Gwen Mayor's class was in progress. Fifteen children and Mrs Mayor died at the scene; another child died in hospital. It is not known how many bullets were discharged during the massacre, which the police estimate lasted between two and three minutes. Only one child escaped unscathed. Two pupils were absent because of illness.

    The whole school heard gunfire. The head teacher, Ronald Taylor, was described by police as a hero for the work he put in to calm the distraught pupils of the 700-strong school. Jack Beattie, a senior consultant paediatrician, who arrived with the medical team, said it was the worst carnage he had witnessed in his 19 years as a doctor. "We saw a large number of dead and injured children when we arrived in the gymnasium," he said. "There were a number of teachers comforting the children who were still alive and ambulance staff who had arrived before us.

    "The children were very quiet. They were in shock both because of the injuries and because of the psychological shock." A governor at the school, Gerry McDermott, said he had comforted a distressed teacher, Stuart McCombie, who had rushed to the gymnasium after the shooting. "Stuart told me they were looking up at him with their wee eyes, slowly changing colour as the blood drained from their faces and they died in his arms. He said the room was just awash with blood."

    Steven Hopper, aged 11, was in his classroom yards from the gym, which shortly before had been full for morning assembly. "It was right next to my classroom," he said. "I looked over and saw the gunman. "He was coming towards me, so I just dived under my desk when he turned and fired at us. "It was pretty scary when he started firing at our classroom window because all the glass smashed in and I got hit by a piece." As the news reached the town, parents congregated at the school gates. Their children were handed back to them in small groups, but the parents of the victims were led to a private room. Nora Dougherty, governor at the school, said: "I found out it was not my daughters. I felt relieved - and then I felt terribly guilty that I felt relieved." A father outside the school gates cried: "I don't know if my girls are alive or dead. What kind of a maniac does this? They are just babies in there." Janet Aitken, mother of an 11-year-old pupil, said: "I have my son, but many don't. When I saw Campbell I just wanted to weep, but many parents aren't having a reunion with their children."
    For anyone caught up in a litigation vortex conjured up by the hooks and crooks running our legal systems, beyond any shadow of a doubt, the masonic / speculative / illuminati influence undermines everything else including justice and human rights. To ensure this evil web encompassing the globe continues to DOMINATE our legislators and courts requires an avoidance of ALL that assures our protection from state tyranny. Masonic rule cannot survive if HUMAN RIGHTS are protected. The UK and USA have given up on protecting those rights a LONG time ago.

    Anyone who is part of seeing change need to remain focused on what is driving it all and driving innocents into early graves on the backs of these devil worshipping crooks. The Scottish Parliament is now run and controlled by that influence in light of the failures of the public petitions to address this very serious matter, despite many high profile actions to expose it.

    There needs to be a joint action supported by as many as possible to challenge the petitions committee who seem to think it is acceptable for this system to continue to dominate Scottish politics and law. They have played a major part in the cover up of DUNBLANE by the Speculators, and the public petitions committee seek to protect this from full public scrutiny.

    Real human rights will never be attained as long as the Scottish Parliament actively encourages the perpetuation of an evil force as they have clearly shown the abandonment of those rights from the continued failures to address this very urgent matter. Our children, our elderly and our sick remain vulnerable to attack until it is eradicated while the public petition cronies are FAILING the Scottish people by their inaction.