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Mackenzie Sir George

Mackenzie, Sir George (1636-91), born at Dundee, a cadet of the family of the Earl of Sleaforth, showed great precocity in classical and other studies. He became an advocate in 1659, and in 1661 defended the Marquis of Argyll on his trial for high treason. Before the Restoration he published several moral essays and a poem, Celia's Country House and Closet. Soon after the Restoration he was appointed justice deputy, or assistant chief-justice. In 1669, as representative of the county of Ross, he delivered a fine speech against the union between England and Scotland. In 1677 he became king's advocate, and earned infamy in that capacity as a cruel instrument of oppression. In 1686 be lost his office for opposing the efforts of James II. to restore the Roman Catholic ascendency, but regained it in 1688. At the time of the Revolution his public life ceased; after founding the Advocate's Library, Edinburgh, he retired to Oxford. He died at St. James's.

“The meanest and most contemptible person whom we behold is the offspring of heaven, one of the children of the Most High; and, however unworthily he may behave, so long as God hath not passed on him a final sentence, He will have us acknowledge him as one of His; and, as such, to embrace him with a sincere and cordial affection.”
–Henry Scougal, The Life of God in the Soul of Man