Greyfriars Churchyard, the Mackenzie Tomb

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Greyfriars Churchyard, the Mackenzie Tomb about 1843 - 1844
  • Scottish Art
This photograph shows the tomb of ‘bloody’ George Mackenzie in Greyfriars Churchyard, Edinburgh. Mackenzie was a lawyer and politician who earned his nickname due to his persecution of Covenanters. His tomb is reputedly haunted due to his restless spirit. In this image two figures are entering the tomb, of which one is possibly David Octavius Hill.

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People who sought to uphold the Presbyterian faith in Scotland in the 17th century. They adhered to a series of covenants, notably the National Covenant of 1638 which was signed in Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh in opposition to Charles I’s attempts to introduce an English-style prayer book. The Covenanters’ opposition to bishops and royal control over the church brought them into conflict with the government and hundreds of Covenanters were executed.



  • Acc. No. PGP HA 432
  • Medium Calotype print
  • Size 20.00 x 14.60 cm
  • Credit Provenance unknown