George Mackenzie, 1st Earl of Cromartie

George Mackenzie, 1st Earl Of Cromartie

George Mackenzie, 1st Earl of Cromartie

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George Mackenzie, 1st Earl of Cromartie FRS (1630–1714), known as Sir George Mackenzie, 2nd Baronet from 1654 to 1685 and as The Viscount of Tarbat from 1685 to 1703, was a Scottish statesman.

Educated at St Andrews University and Aberdeen University, he succeeded to the family estates in 1654 but, as a royalist, remained in exile until 1660.

He was appointed a Lord of Session in 1662, and planned Lauderdale's downfall by means of the Act of Billeting in the same year. He was deprived of office in 1664. He was appointed Lord Justice General in 1678, Lord Clerk Register in 1681 and was chief minister of the King in Scotland from 1682 to 1688.

He was created Viscount of Tarbat in 1685 and joined the new government in 1689. From 1692 to 1695 he was Lord Clerk Register for a second time. He was Secretary of State from 1702 to 1704, and was created Earl of Cromartie in 1703. He returned to the office of Lord Justice General from 1704 to 1710. He was an advocate of the union with England.

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