John McKenzie [Rev]

Life
?1648-1696; b. nr. Cookstown, Co. Tyrone; Presbyterian minister, minister at Cookstown, 1673; refuged in Derry among eight other Presbyterian ministers, 1688; served as chaplain in regt. of Rev. Col George Walker in Derry, 1689, Narrative of the Seige of Londonderry (1690), disputes Walker’s account and gives more prominent place to the Presbyterian defenders of Derry; died in Cookstown; a first-edition copy of the Narrative is held in Archbishop Marsh’s Library and Collection ODNB DIB OCIL

[ top ]

Works
A Narrative of the Siege of London-Derry, or the late memorable transactions in the city faithfully represented to rectifie the mistakes, and supply the omissions of Mr Walker’s account, passages relating to other parts of Ulster and Sligo are also inserted, &c. (London 1690); another edition ( [Derriana] 1794); rep. in John Hempster, Siege and History of Londonderry (1861); Dr Walker’s invisible champion foy’d, or an appendix to the late Narrative of the Siege of Derry [sic] where all the arguments offered in a late pamphlet are examin’d and refuted (London 1690); [Memorials of] the Siege of Derry, edition including his Narrative and Its Vindication [facs. rep.] with intro. and notes by W. D. Killen (Belfast & London: Aitchison, Hamilton, Adams 1861). See also [Dr John Vesey,] Mr McKenzye’s narrative of the Siege of London Derry, a false libel, in defence of Dr. G. Walker, written by his friend in his absence (London 1690).

 

Criticism
See Thomas Witherow’s Historical and Literary memorials of Presbyterians in Ireland, and Reid’s History of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (1833) [ODNB].

[ top ]

References
British Library holds A Narrative of the Siege of London-Derry, or the late memorable transactions in the city faithfully represented to rectifie the mistakes, and supply the omissions of Mr Walker’s account, passages relating to other parts of Ulster and Sligo are also inserted, &c. [London 1690; [Derriana] 1794; in John Hempster, Siege and Histor of Londonderry, 1861; Dr Walker’s invisible champion foy’d, or an appendix to the late Narrative of the Siege of Derry [sic] where all the arguments offered in a late pamphlet are examin’d and refuted (Lon 1690); also Mackenzie, [Memorials of] The Siege of Derry, edition incl. his Narrative and its vindication [i.e., Champion Foyl’d, as noted in Witherow, 1885], with intro. and notes by W. D. Killen (Belfast 1861); also listed, Mr McKenzye’s narrative of the Siege of London Derry, a false libel, in defence of Dr G. Walker, written by his friend [Dr John Vesey] in his absence (London 1690).

Belfast Central Library holds Narrative of the Seige of Derry (1690); Memorials of the Siege of Derry (1861).

University of Ulster Library (Magee) holds A narrative of the Siege of London-derry to rectify the mistakes and supply the omissions of ‘Mr Walker’s Account’ and ‘Dr Walker’s Invisible Champion Foil’d, or an app[endix] to the late narrative of the Siege of Derry’, MAGEE, Irish I/670.

[ top ]

Notes
that the Catalogue of the Marsh’s Library Irish books exhibition (Hibernia Resurgens, 1994) asserts that Walker ‘quickly vindicated himself’ against Mackenzie’s charge of taking too much credit for himself, and also that Mackenzie entered Derry in 1688.

[ top ]