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Identifier: sirgeorgemackenz00langrich

Title: Sir George Mackenzie, king's advocate, of Rosehaugh [electronic resource] : his life and times 1636(?)-1691

Year: 1909 (1900s)

Authors: Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912

Subjects: Mackenzie, George, Sir, 1636-1691 Scotland -- History 1660-1688

Publisher: London New York : Longmans, Green

Contributing Library: University of California Libraries

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nzie composed a Memorialfor the Prince of Orange. By Two Persons of Quality. If his idea was to support the laws, the laws, in twenty-seven Parliaments, had sanctioned Episcopacy. Williamwould have done so with pleasure, but he, or Bentinck,understood the Scots too well. Meanwhile the mob would have been masters of Edinburgh,but the members of the College of Justice armed themselvesin the interests of order, and kept the town in awe. Balcarresand Dundee, returning, found all tranquil, and preventedthe feeble Duke of Gordon from surrendering the castle. The Convention met, and the town was full of wildwestern Whigs. The cowls of Kilmarnock had spits and had spears,And long-hafted gullies to kill Cavaliers. A frenzied letter from Melfort, breathing out threats, wasreceived, and dispirited the adherents of James, who hadadvised the king to be conciliatory. They determined toleave the House, and hold a separate Convention, as in theinfancy of James VI., at Stirling. On the day before that


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y7j^i?.-<i/;-* . Q.. ^ THE REVOLUTION—DEATH OK MACKENZIE 299 lixcd on ft)r their clep;utuiL, Dundee learned that six orseven of the western nibble meant to assassinate himselfand Mackenzie. His informant offered to lead him to thehouse where tiie Whits lay. In the Convention, Dundeementioned this to Hamilton and he was willing to have itinquired into, and the murderers secured, but the majority absolutely refused to concern themselves with privateaffairs. The murders of Dundee and Mackenzie were tooprivate for investigation. Dundee did not stomach thisinsult: he urged his party to leave the House and go toStirling; they delayed; he rode off at the head of hishandful of fifty horse, climbed the Castle rock, and spoketo the hesitating Gordon, And on Ravelstone crags and on Clermiston leeDied away the wild war notes of Bonny Dundee. He went, as he said, wherever should guide him the shadeof Montrose. Mackenzie did not retire; with the Arch-bishop of Glasgow and Mr. James Ogilvie, he



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