The Works of George Mackenzie
Author: George MackenziePeter Jones
of George Mackenzie 1716 First Edition
Printed In Edinburgh by James Watson For Mr. John Tennent and George Stewart
The Volume is in Very Good Condition the volume is rebacked, retaining the half calf over pebbled cloth boards, with the newer spine divided into seven compartments by six raised bands, with black morocco letter-pieces in the second and fourth compartments, with gilt-stamp of the Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow, with the leaf edges red speckled. Externally the boards and spine are lightly scuffed in general, with damage to the spine repaired, with scuffing and bumping to the board edges. Internally the leaves are generally clean and amply margined, with some mild foxing on occasion, more pronounced at times, with some small marginal wormholes, and with a large tear to Pp. 545 of vol. Ii, with some ink stains otherwise.
The Volume is Complete in All Respects With portrait plate set as frontispiece and titles in red and black. See below for pagination & dimensions.
Of George Mackenzie
Educated at King’s College, University of Aberdeen (which he entered in 1650), the University of St Andrews, and the University of Bourges, George Mackenzie was elected to the Faculty of Advocates in 1659, and spoke in defence at the trial of Archibald Campbell, Marquis of Argyll in 1661. He acted as justice-depute from 1661 to 1663, a post that involved him in extensive witch trials, such as the Midlothian trials for witchcraft in 1661, in which defended the alleged witch Maevia.He later wrote at length of his experience with witchcraft trials. He did not endorse the sceptical position, but stated that witches were fewer than common belief made out. He attributed confessions to the use of torture. Mackenzie was knighted, and was a member of the Scottish Parliament for the County of Ross from 1669. In 1677 he became Lord Advocate, and a member of the Privy Council of Scotland.
As Lord Advocate he was the minister responsible for the persecuting policy of Charles II in Scotland against the Presbyterian Covenanters. After the Battle of Bothwell Bridge in 1679 Mackenzie imprisoned 1,200 Covenanters in a field next to Greyfriars Kirkyard. Some were executed, and hundreds died of maltreatment. His treatment of Covenanters gained him the nickname “Bluidy Mackenzie”. It has been argued that both he and Claverhouse kept to the letter of the law. It is unclear whether or not the epithet “Bluidy” is contemporary; it appears in The Heart of Midlothian (1818), given to Davie Deans. The language of blood prevails in the published testimony of Marion Harvey, hanged in 1681, who calls her blood onto Mackenzie: “”that excommunicate tyrant, George Mackenzie, the advocate”, among others. Mackenzie resigned for a short time in 1686, taking up office again in 1688. He opposed the dethronement of James II, and to escape the consequences he retired from public life.
Pagination & Dimensions
The volume is paginated as follows: Vol. I; , xx, -192, [iv], 446. Vol. II; [iv], 670, . The volume collates as follows: Vol. I; [X], a-e, A-E, *, A-3B, †, B-5S2. Vol. II; [X], A-8G2, 8H1. The volume measures about 40 cm. By 25.5 cm. By 4.5-5.5 cm each leaf measures about 385 mm. By 235 mm.