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Posted on July 3, 2006 by David Torrance
Bob Boothby is a colourful figure in Scottish political history but now largely forgotten. He was promiscuously sexual (and not fussy when it came to gender) and even fathered a child with Harold Macmillan’s wife Dorothy. In later life he kept rather careless company with London ‘characters’ like the Kray twins. But he was also a romantic and wrote several books, one of which was given to me by my flatmate this weekend. One passage from My Yesterday, Your Tomorrow (which is dedicated to the students of the University of St. Andrews) gives some sense of his peculiar take on Scottish politics:
A political revival is urgently required. I believe it can be achieved with the material at present available. We need a greater conceit of ourselves; and a less parochial outlook. If I had ever been offered the Scottish Office – and at one moment, long ago, it was conceivable – I should have asked for an official residence in Edinburgh; and with the assistance of my old friend Sir Compton Mackenzie, striven to revive the pristine glories of a society which once commanded the attention of Europe. I should have driven round Scotland in an enormous black car, with the rampant lion flying proudly in the wind, and – if possible – outriders on motorcycles. I should have steamed round her coast every year in the fishery cruiser, rechristened a yacht for the purpose, with more flags. And all this not for the purpose of self-aggrandisement; but just to show that the Secretary of State for Scotland is, in his own right, a tremendous political figure whose presence at the British Cabinet table must be counted an honour to them. The offer would, of course, have been precipitatedly withdrawn when I made my terms. But something very real, and very necessary, lies behind them. Without Scotland the English would be sunk.
Boothby wrote this in 1957. Source
Sir Compton Mackenzie, OBE 17 January 1883 – 30 November 1972) was a Scottish writer of fiction, biography, histories and a memoir, as well as a cultural commentator, raconteur and lifelong Scottish nationalist. He was one of the co-founders in 1928 of the Scottish National Party along with Hugh MacDiarmid, RB Cunninghame Graham and John MacCormick. He was knighted in 1952.
Mackenzie went to great lengths to trace the steps of his ancestors back to his spiritual home in the Highlands, and displayed a deep and tenacious attachment to Gaelic culture throughout his long and very colourful life. As his biographer, Andro Linklater, commented, “Mackenzie wasn’t born a Scot, and he didn’t sound like a Scot. But nevertheless his imagination was truly Scottish.” He was an ardent Jacobite, the third Governor-General of the Royal Stuart Society, and a co-founder of the Scottish National Party. He was rector of University of Glasgow from 1931 to 1934
- The Spy Files: Lord Boothby’s sordid sex parties with Ronnie Kray
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J.M. Barrie based Peter Pan on Michael Llewelyn Davies.
Barrie first met Michael, and Michael’s brothers, in London’s Kensington Gardens.
Barrie became the boys’ guardian after the early deaths of their parents, Arthur and Sylvia Llewelyn Davies
Michael’s friend at Eton and Oxford University was Robert Boothby.
Boothby was reportedly part of a child abuse ring and was supplied with boys by the gangster Kray Twins.
Boothby once said of Michael Llewelyn Davies: “Barrie loved him with ‘a great love’.”
At Eton, a boy called Roger Senhouse developed a crush on Michael.
Michael and Roger Senhouse were briefly lovers, according to fellow Etonian Robert Boothby.
After Eton, Michael, and Robert Boothby, went to Oxford University.
Boothby had sex with lots of young men at Oxford.
At Oxford, Michael met the handsome Rupert Buxton.
One student said of Michael and Rupert that they were ‘inseparable… a peerless couple, and everyone who knew either of them loved them’.
Another wrote that ‘whoever came into contact with them recognised that they had in more than normal abundance the gift of personality. Either of them might have become an immortal genius or a martyr’.
Michael decided that eventually he wanted to study at the Sorbonne.
“He was drawing away from Barrie. But Barrie wouldn’t let him go. He bought Michael a cottage in Sussex, but Michael wasn’t interested.”
In 1921, Michael and Rupert were swimming at Sandford, on the Thames, ‘a blackspot for swimming accidents’.
Both Michael and Rupert were drowned.
Read in Full HERE
More from aangirfan: JIMMY SAVILE, THE KRAY TWINS
In 1932 the author of more than 90 books, including Whisky Galore, was prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act for revealing information about Britain’s intelligence service in Greek Memories.
Mackenzie was charged with identifying wartime intelligence officers and revealing that passport control and visa sections of UK embassies were often used as cover for the secret service. He also disclosed the existence of a department of the Secret Intelligence Service‚ now known as MI6 but then known as section “M.I.i.c” of the War Office.7
Worst of all, Mackenzie revealed that the first head of MI6, the one-legged Captain Sir Mansfield Cumming, was referred to as C. It is a moniker that his successors, including the incumbent, Sir John Sawers, maintain. They sign their telegrams and correspondence‚ sent to the Queen as well as the foreign secretary, C in green ink.Worried about the embarrassing publicity a trial would provoke, MI6 and MI5 persuaded Mackenzie to do a deal: if he pleaded guilty, he would avoid jail and be fined a sum “not exceeding £500 and £500 costs”. The Guardian
On the outbreak of the First World War Mackenzie attempted unsuccessfully to obtain a commission in the Seaforth Highlanders. However, his friend, General Ian Hamilton, arranged for Mackenzie to became a lieutenant in the Royal Marines and he served with the Royal Naval division in the Dardanelles campaign in 1915. After being recruited by MI6 he became director of the Aegean Intelligence Service in Syria.
According to Richard Deacon, the author of Spyclopaedia (1987): During this period Mackenzie was mixed up in a good deal of cloak-and-dagger activities which aroused strong criticism of the British Secret Service among both enemies and neutral parties… He was appointed head of the Anglo-French police in Athens, accepting this post with considerable enthusiasm, for he had very definite ideas about what British policy should be in the Balkans, and was anxious to see a Greek crusade against both Turks and Germans.”
Mackenzie returned to Scotland where he developed a close relationship with Hugh MacDiarmid. According to Gavin Wallace: “It was in Scotland, stirring under the new cultural and political mood of the Scottish Renaissance, that he identified an atavistic destiny which accorded perfectly with his childhood Jacobite dreams, his readiness to identify with the politics of minorities and the oppressed, and his need for rootedness.”
At times an actor, political activist and broadcaster, Mackenzie is best known for his writing, in particular two comedies set in Scotland, Whiskey Galore and The Monarch of the Glen.
Sir Compton recalls his experience of This Is Your Life in his autobiography My Life and Times, Octave 10 1953-1963.
Compton Mackenzie of MI6
Famous Scot, Compton Mackenzie, was apparently another boylover who fell for Capri.
He moved there with his wife in 1913 and remained about ten years.
Two of his books were set on Capri: ‘Vestal Fire’ and ‘Extraordinary Women.’
According to biographers, he bought a small villa in the plain of Cetrella, ‘where he used to hold his amorous encounters with young boys.’
In 1918, the arrival in Capri of a group of lesbians, gave Mackenzie the inspiration to write ‘Extraordinary Women’ Source Aangirfan
The truth about activist Willie McRae’s tragic death Sunday 05 April 2015
Willie MacRae’s volvo at the scene. THE mystery surrounding the death of SNP activist Willie McRae 30 years ago has been solved after an investigation by Scotland on Sunday.
New evidence has emerged that answers key questions about what happened to McRae, a lawyer and former SNP vice-chairman, who was found unconscious in his crashed car off the A87 near Invergarry on 6 April, 1985.
It was initially believed McRae, 61, had been involved in an accident, but when he was admitted to hospital medical staff found a gunshot wound to his head.
McRae’s death was officially recorded as suicide, but a number of bizarre aspects of the case led many to claim that he was murdered. The unsolved mystery has been the subject of two books, three television documentaries and two plays performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, including one by the writer Mark MacNicol, who is campaigning for the Lord Advocate to hold an inquiry into the case.
Now fresh evidence from two witnesses and a retired police officer has been uncovered which explains why McRae’s gun was found some distance from his car and not next to it after the shot was fired.
Scotland on Sunday can reveal that previously unseen police reports show McRae’s Volvo was removed from the crash scene before the gunshot wound was found, then returned to the site after police realised they were not dealing with a straightforward traffic incident.
The Lord Advocate has got his head buried in the sand
When the car was returned it was placed close to the original site, but not in the precise spot. For 30 years, the distance between the car and the gun has allowed conspiracy theorists to insist that McRae could not have killed himself.
The fact that the car was returned to a different spot calls into question the preservation of the crash site by police, but it also offers a feasible explanation for the location of the gun in relation to the car.
The Scotland on Sunday investigation, run by students at the University of Strathclyde’s investigative journalism course, has revealed that the removal of the car, and its return to the scene, at a crucial stage of the investigation was not recorded by police, nor does it appear in Crown Office documents relating to the case.
According to police and Crown Office documents, McRae’s car was moved from its resting place, straddling a burn 29 yards from the road, and taken to the West End Garage in Fort Augustus by 3.30pm on Saturday, 6 April. Official reports state that the car was later moved directly from the garage to Northern Constabulary headquarters in Inverness.
Smith and Wesson 7 shot revolver with 2 spent catridges and five rounds of ammunition found near McRae’s body.
However, two witnesses, the couple Allan and Barbara Crowe, who were the first to find McRae confirm that they saw the car back at the crash site on Sunday morning when they returned to retrieve a glove Allan dropped the day before.
The retired air force pilot, said: “We found the vehicle one day, left the scene and returned the morning of the next day. The vehicle was in the same location on the second day.”
His wife, Barbara, corroborates his recollection, which contradicts the official record.
Their accounts about the car are supported by claims made privately in 2010 to Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie, then a councillor, that the Volvo was removed and then put back to be photographed after it became apparent that McRae has been shot. in full HERE
30 Years of Silence: The Mysterious Death of Willie McRae
“There are many who claim William was killed by ‘them’ – the same ‘them’ that killed Hilda Murrell (the antinuclear campaigner murdered in 1984”) Michael Strathan, friend of William McRae, quoted in the News on Sunday, 5th November 1987.
On the morning of April 6th 1985, a radical Scottish Nationalist lawyer, and former Vice-Chairman of the SNP (Scottish National Party) William McRae, was found shot in his car at a layby on the A87, north of An Gearasdan (Fort William), in the Highlands of Scotland. He was found slumped in a coma in the driving seat, the ignition key on his lap. It initially looked like the car had been in some kind of motor accident – his maroon blue Volvo was found lying across a stream, with the drivers window wound down, and the door jammed in such a manner, that it hardly open. McRae was barely alive. A member of the public called an ambulance, and he was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, where he died the next day.
His personal papers and documents were some distance from the car and they had all been shredded “fairly meticulously” according to a report in the Celtic magazine Carn. (1) None of the witnesses saw a pistol or any cartridges near the vicinity of the car – although the police would later claim he had shot himself in the head. Police later recovered a revolver (owned by McRae), some distance from the car. Not only had some of his papers been found some 20 ft from the car, bizarrely, his watch was also found, with it’s face smashed. Little or no explanation was given about how, after supposedly shooting himself, McRae had managed to throw his gun some distance from the car. As for his two briefcases, these were eventually returned to his brother by the police, who were unable or unwilling to reveal exactly where they were found. According to eyewitnesses who discovered McRae, their were no briefcases at the scene, or in the vehicle.
However, the bullet wound in the back of his head was only discovered when his body was being examined at a hospital in Aberdeen, Scotland. In fact. two years after his death, Hamish Watt, a former SNP MP and Councillor in Grampian told the Aberdeen Press & Journal that a nurse working at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, where McRae was admitted, told him him that two bullet wounds were found in his brain – a fact that would clearly rule out suicide.
According to a report in The Sunday Mail, (2) it was found that McRae had been shot by an automatic pistol which had been fired twice at pointblank range. The window of his car had been shattered – possibly by a bullet. McRae’s gun was “discovered” by the by the police two days after his death.
McRae had also told friends before his death that he believed he was under Special Branch surveillance, and that he was in danger as his “cover was blown” and because he was on a “hit list”. McRae had also been a leading member of Siol nan Gaidheal, a direct action group once connected with SNP members – some of whom had been detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and had been given legal advice by McRae. Furthermore, a small Scottish guerrilla group, the Scottish National Liberation Army (SNLA), claimed in their clandestine newspaper Saorsa that McRae had been an “active sympathiser” who had assisted them both financially, and in the planning of attacks. Perhaps it was his involvement in this that had been exposed when he talked of his “cover” being blown?
Hilda Murrell, the antinuclear campaigner murdered in 1984Like the 79 year-old antinuclear campaigner (and famous rose-grower) Hilda Murrell, McRae was also passionately opposed to the dumping of nuclear and other toxic waste. Gary Murray, in his book Enemies of the State: A Sensational Exposé of the Security Services by a former MI5 Undercover Agent, describes McRae as the “most formidable opponent in Scotland” of the Nuclear industry. One of his most famous quotes was from the Mullwharcher Enquiry in 1980, which overturned plans for nuclear dumping in the Ayrshire hills. “Nuclear waste” McRae said, “should be stored where Guy Fawkes put his gunpowder” (3). At the time of his death, McRae was planning to take part in a public Enquiry into the processing of nuclear waste at Dounray, and his law firm was on the list of official protesters. He was also writing a book on the subject, and he was known to carry two suitcases everywhere which contained most of his material for both the campaign and his book.
According to Murray, on the after of the same day that McRae was found shot in his car, a party of walkers a few miles from the site where he was found reported that during the afternoon of the 6th April 1985, a man drove up the road, parked, got out, and fired a number of shots in their direction. As Murray notes, his car (a red escort) was similar to the one spotted at the site of Hilda Murrell’s murder a year earlier (p. 214).
Born in 1923 in Wester Ross, northern Scotland, William McRae had been from an early age politically active in the Scottish National Party (SNP). After serving in the army during the war, he joined the Royal Indian Navy, where he served in Naval Intelligence. It was here, that he learned to speak Urdu, and began addressing public meetings in Scotland. He resumed his political activities when he joined the Indian National Congress, then an illegal organisation involved in an underground war against British colonial rule in India. It was probably at this point that he came under surveillance by MI5 and MI6, which would continue until his death in 1985. Shortly before he died, his cottage in Dornie was burgled and his friend Mary Johnstone maintains that McRae said:
“They didn’t get what they were looking for” (Murray, p. 213). in full HERE
We are also told in the dossier
“The 26-page file lists notorious killers Robert Black, Fred West and Thomas Hamilton as members of the SAME child sex ring as judges, senior advocates and police officers.” And “Listed a dead Scots Tory MP, a Labour MP and murdered SNP activist Willie Macrae as being part of the evil “club” known as The Untouchables”
Now I have always doubted the stories about McRae’s murder ever since i discovered that
Levy & McRae solicitors was set up by McRae & Abraham Levy, who was surely a Jew with a name like that!
he was aide-de-camp to ragin paedo sadist Mountbatten
He authored the maritime law of Israel and was an emeritus professor of the University of Haifa.
After his death a forest of 3,000 trees was planted in Israel in his memory wiki
He was gay. source
I am no doubt gonna get Nichola’s tartan terriers at me for even suggesting this, but to me, there is enough of a doubt to warrant considering that McRae could have been 1 of “the untouchables”
Could he have been involved in the paedo ring? According to the Gallogley dossier YES. Was that why he was killed??
Seems to me that everything else Keil said is BANG ON. SOURCE
The following pics FOUND HERE
June 16 1985 Sunday Mail
April 7 1987 The Scotsman
March 25 1987 Press + Journal
April 6 1990 Glasgow Herald
April 6 1990 Press + Journal
The above article is interesting, considering Sir Nicky was a CHILD RAPIST…. allegebleugh!! Read in full here
April 4 1992 The Sun
March 31 1995 West Highland Free Press
November 2 2010 Evening Times
The above pics & MANY MORE Found Here