Montague Muir Mackenzie

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Painting by Susan Annie Eliza Muir Mackenzie, 1893-1903

Montague Johnstone Muir Mackenzie (29 September 1847 – 18 April 1919)[1] was a Scottish barrister and legal writer. He was the son of Sir John William Pitt Muir Mackenzie of Delvine, Second Baronet[2] and the younger brother of Kenneth Muir Mackenzie, 1st Baron Muir Mackenzie.[3] In his youth, he was a keen sportsman and played football for Scotland in the last of the representative matches played in 1872.

Family and education[edit]

Muir Mackenzie was born on 29 September 1847, the eighth of ten children of Sir John William Muir Mackenzie[2] and his wife, Sophia (née Johnstone).[4] He was baptised on 29 October 1847 at Caputh in Perthshire, close to the family home at Delvine.[1]

He was educated at Charterhouse School between 1860 and 1866[5] before going up to Hertford College, Oxford University. He graduated with a BA degree in 1870 and became a Fellow.[6]

On 17 August 1888, he married the Hon. Sarah Napier Bruce (1856–1931), daughter of Henry Austin Bruce, 1st Baron Aberdare.[7] They had one child, Enid,[8] born on 25 June 1889; she died on 17 November 1952, unmarried.[9]

Sporting career[edit]

During his time at Charterhouse School, Muir Mackenzie was a regular member of the school cricket XI between 1864 and 1866 often playing alongside his brother Kenneth.[10] In a match against Marylebone Cricket Club in August 1866, he took six wickets in the first innings; despite this, the M.C.C. won the match by three wickets.[11]

He also played football for Charterhouse, being listed in their team in 1865.[12] He was selected to represent Scotland in the last of the representative matchesplayed against England on 24 February 1872.[13] Muir Mackenzie played in goal for part of the game, alternating with Charles Nepean;[14] the match ended in a 1–0 victory for the English, with a goal from J.C. Clegg.[15] In many present-day databases, Muir Mackenzie is confused with his elder brother, Kenneth, who played for Scotland on 5 March 1870.[16]

Legal career[edit]

Muir Mackenzie was enrolled as a pupil barrister at Lincoln's Inn in January 1869 and called to the bar on 27 January 1873.[6]

He held the office of "Bencher" of the Middle Temple[1] and was a member of the South-eastern Circuit.[6] He became Official Referee of the Supreme Court and held the offices of Recorder of Sandwich and Deal in Kent, and of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) for Gloucestershire.[1] He resigned his position as recorder in 1905 and was replaced by Patrick Rose-Innes.[17]


Muir Mackenzie was joint editor of "Wilson's Supreme Court of Judicature Acts and Rules" published in 1900.[6][18] His other publications included:[19]

  • Bills of Lading: a handbook (1881)
  • Index to the Rules of the Supreme Court (1883) (Joint author with Mackenzie Dalzell Chalmers)
  • The Supreme Court Funds Rules (1884) (Joint author with Charles Arnold White)
  • The Companies Winding-up Practice (1890) (Joint author with Charles John Stewart)
  • Company Law: An Abridgment of the Law Contained in the Statutes and Decisions (1893) (Joint author with Edward Arundel Geare and Gawayne Baldwin Hamilton) (Re-published December 2010)[20]
  • The Parliamentary and Local Government Registration Manual (1897) (Joint author with Sydney George Lushington)
  • The Bankruptcy Acts, 1883 to 1890 (1902)
  • The Public Trustee Act, 1906, with rules, fees and official forms (1908) (Joint author with Kenneth Muir Mackenzie and Charles John Stewart)
  • The Parliamentary and Local Government Registration Manual (1909)
  • Notes on the Temple Organ (1911) (Joint author with Edmund Macrory)
  • The Bankruptcy Act, 1914, and the Deeds of Arrangement Act 1914 (1915) (Joint author with Francis Aubrey Clarke)


  1. ^ a b c d Lundy, Darryl (6 May 2010). "Montague Johnstone Muir Mackenzie". Retrieved 26 September 2011. [unreliable source]
  2. ^ a b Lundy, Darryl (6 May 2010). "Sir John William Pitt Muir Mackenzie of Delvine, 2nd Bt.". Retrieved 26 September 2011. [unreliable source]
  3. ^ Lundy, Darryl (6 May 2010). "Kenneth Augustus Muir Mackenzie, 1st and last Baron Muir Mackenzie". Retrieved 26 September 2011. [unreliable source]
  4. ^ Lundy, Darryl (6 May 2010). "Sophia Matilda Johnstone". Retrieved 26 September 2011. [unreliable source]
  5. ^ Parish, William Douglas (1879). "List of Carthusians, 1800–1879". Wikisource. p. M. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d Foster, Joseph (1885). "Men-at-the-bar : a biographical hand-list of the members of the various Inns of Court, including Her Majesty's judges, etc.". Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Lundy, Darryl (17 January 2011). "Hon. Sarah Napier Bruce". Retrieved 26 September 2011. [unreliable source]
  8. ^ Mackenzie, Alexander. "History of the Mackenzies". Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  9. ^ Lundy, Darryl (19 September 2008). "Enid Muir Mackenzie". Retrieved 26 September 2011. [unreliable source]
  10. ^ "Other matches played by Montague Muir Mackenzie". Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "Marylebone Cricket Club v Charterhouse School". 1 August 1866. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  12. ^ Mitchell, Andy (30 October 2007). "24/2/1872 England Team?". Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  13. ^ Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle, Saturday 24 February 1872
  14. ^ "England v. Scotland match reports". 24 February 1872. p. 3. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  15. ^ "England 1 Scotland 0". England Unofficial Match No.5. englandfootballonline. 24 February 1872. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  16. ^ "K Muir-Mackenzie". Scotland international footballers. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  17. ^ "No. 27790". The London Gazette. 5 May 1905. p. 3246. 
  18. ^ "A concise treatise on the law of landlord and tenant". Butterworths. 1900. p. Frontispiece. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  19. ^ "Books by Montague Muir Mackenzie". Amazon. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  20. ^ Muir Mackenzie, Montague (2010). Company Law: An Abridgment of the Law Contained in the Statutes and Decisions. Lightning Source UK Ltd. ISBN 1-240-14078-9.