George Mackenzie

(1636—1691) lawyer and politician

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‘Bloody Mackenzie’ was a nephew of the 2nd earl of Seaforth [S], briefly secretary of state [S] to Charles II in exile. A lawyer by profession, he opposed the rule of Lauderdale at first but in 1677 was appointed king's advocate [S]. In this capacity he harassed the covenanters, particularly after the skirmish at Bothwell Bridge in 1679. His use of torture earned him his nickname and the 1680s were known in covenanting circles as ‘the killing time’. He took no part in public life after the Glorious Revolution.

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