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 Post subject: The tourist-terrorising Mackenzie poltergeist
PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 8:58 am 
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IT MUST have seemed like a good idea at the time. The homeless man was without a bed and the night was chilly. When he found the door to the mausoleum open it could have looked inviting but quite why he decided to open a coffin and snuggle down beside the skeleton is less easy to explain.

He may have been fine had the entire coffin not crumbled on top of him, showering him with the dust of a 400-year-old corpse. He let out a rather loud scream, which was heard by a passing dog-walker, who let out an even louder scream when he saw what looked like a zombie coming straight for him.


Bonnie Dundee

John Graham, Viscount Dundee, earned the nickname "Bluidy Clavers" for his repression of the Covenanters. Others thought of the leading Jacobite general as "Bonnie Dundee".
There followed a Scooby-doo moment when they, and the dog, ran around the graveyard screaming before running off in opposite directions.

What neither the homeless man nor the dog-walker realised was that the mausoleum belonged to one of the most monstrous residents of the graveyard of Greyfriars Kirk: the 17th century Judge and Lord Advocate Sir George Mackenzie, otherwise known as "Bluidy Mackenzie", who executed a large number of Covenanters.

The Covenanters were a powerful political force in Scotland in the 17th century. On 28, 1638, a large gathering signed the "National Covenant" in Greyfriars Kirkyard, pledging to keep Scotland a Presbyterian country. This document formed the basis of a treaty whereby the Scottish government would support the parliamentarians in the English Civil War.

However, 50 years later Charles II was on the throne, the Covenanters had been outlawed and they were heavily defeated by the king's forces at the battle of Bothwell Brig. In all, 18,000 Covenanters died for their beliefs, 1,200 were imprisoned in the Covenanters Prison in Greyfriars Kirkyard by Mackenzie.

Some were executed and their heads displayed around the prison walls. The rest were corralled in the yard and left without food or water. Hundreds died, and for some the last face they would have seen was the mocking, jubilant and hateful face of "bluidy" Mackenzie.


The Black Mausoleum, the last resting place of Sir George Mackenzie
Ironically George Mackenzie was himself buried in Greyfriars. Then in 1999 along came our homeless man


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