NT2573 : Mackenzie Mausoleum, Greyfriars Kirkyard

taken 11 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

Mackenzie Mausoleum, Greyfriars Kirkyard
Mackenzie Mausoleum, Greyfriars Kirkyard
Mausoleum of 'Bluidy Mackenzie', the hanging judge who was the scourge of the Covenanters. He founded the Advocates Library in 1680, gifting 1500 books which became the basis of the National Library of Scotland. Said to be a tormented soul, he reputedly haunts the kirkyard at night, giving rise to many reported sightings. In 1897, a Clerk of Police swore that he "saw and touched the hand of Sir George Mackenzie". The tomb's reputation led to an unsavoury incident in 2004 when local youths were arrested for unearthing the corpse and, if the lurid press reports are to be believed, playing football with its head. The tomb has no inscription, but the following epitaph appeared in Monteith, An Theater Of Mortality, in 1704.

"The sacred remains of Sir George Mackenzie of Rosehaugh, Knight, son of Simon, nephew of Colin Earl of Seaforth, born in the year 1636 of the Christian era; for thirty-one years defender of causes in the Supreme Court; from the year 1677, King's Advocate; member of Privy Council to their majesties Charles II. and James VII.; the glory of his country, the vindicator of religion, the disseminator of justice, the strenuous and unwearied assertor of the rights of royalty; a most illustrious ornament of the College of Justice, whether you consider his remarkable sagacity, his distinguished eloquence, or his care in founding, and munificence in enriching the Advocates' Library; a pattern of affability; a most learned patron of the learned; beloved by all except the rabble of traitors, from whose violence he most boldly defended, alike by tongue and pen, his country, and the father of his country; restrained their virulence by law and justice; repelled their ferocity by strength of argument, and all but subdued. The guardian genius of the monarchy, he lived distinguished by his fame, eloquence, uprightness of character, actions, and writings. He died in the Lord on the 8th May 1691, greatly regretted by Church and State, his family and friends."

The same source adds:

"In the same tomb also is interred Sir George Lockhart, son of Sir James Lockhart of Lee, who was appointed Lord Advocate and knighted in 1663. He represented the county of Lanark in the Scottish Parliament in 1685, and was appointed Lord President of the Court of Session. He was waylaid and murdered by John Chiesley of Dalry, on coming from church in Edinburgh, 31st March 1689."

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