Fettes College faces probe into claims of sex abuse

One of Edinburgh's most exclusive private schools is facing a police investigation into allegations of historic child sex abuse.

Fettes College is one of Edinburgh's most exclusive schools. Image: Contributed

Fettes College – which boasts former Prime ­Minister Tony Blair among its famous alumni – is understood to be at the centre of decades-old allegations of sexual ­misconduct by staff and even governors.

It is the latest of Scotland’s most prestigious schools to be implicated in a historic abuse scandal.

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Merchiston Castle in Edinburgh has seen two former members of staff charged with sexual offences allegedly ­committed in the 1960s.

Meanwhile, a former teacher at Gordonstoun school in Moray has appeared in court accused of crimes in the 1980s.

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The Fettes claims relate to incidents said to have taken place from the mid-1980s to the early 2000s.

Names passed to police are believed to include individuals linked to the so-called ‘Magic Circle’ scandal of the early 1990s.

Senior legal figures were accused of conspiring to ensure homosexual ­criminals were treated leniently by the courts, but an inquiry found the claims to be baseless.

Police Scotland said that a report on the Fettes allegations would be passed to the procurator fiscal.