Sir George Mackenzie King's Advocate Of Rosehaugh, His Life And Times 1636 (?) - 1691, 1909.
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London, Longmans, Green and Co., 1909. 347pp with tissue protected frontispiece and 3 plates, 2 tissue protected. Hardcover in original maroon cloth bindings with gilt title to spine. Boards and spine a little worn at both edges. During and after the Restoration approximately 18,000 Covenanters died for their beliefs. After the Battle of Bothwell Bridge Mackenzie imprisoned 1,200 Covenanters in a field next to Greyfriars Kirkyard, some were executed and hundreds died of maltreatment. The inhumanity and relentlessness of his persecution of the Covenanters gained him the nickname of "Bloody Mackenzie", In private life he was a cultivated and learned gentleman with literary tendencies, and is remembered as the author of various graceful essays, of which the best known is A Moral Essay preferring Solitude to Public Employment (1665). He also wrote legal, political, and antiquarian works of value, including Institutions of the Law of Scotland (1684), Antiquity of the Royal Line of Scotland (1686), Heraldry, and Memoirs of the Affairs of Scotland from the Restoration of Charles II, a valuable work which was not published until 1821. Mackenzie was the founder of the Advocates' Library in Edinburgh. He retired at the Glorious Revolution to Oxford. He died at Westminster on 8 May 1691 and is buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh, his mausoleum being designed by James Smith. 230 x 160mm. Bookseller Inventory # 000132