The son of a physician, Henry Mackenzie was born in Edinburgh and studied at Edinburgh University. He was articled to an attorney before traveling to London to study law in 1765. Returning to Edinburgh, he began a career as a writer, achieving great renown with The Man of Feeling (1771) and success with two periodicals he edited, The Mirror (1779-80) and The Lounger (1785-87) Mackenzie was Comptroller of Taxes for Scotland (1804-31), a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and chairman of the Highland Society committee that investigated the poems of Ossian.
1765 ca.The Vision of Vanity.
1771Lavinia. A Pastoral.
1771The Old Batchelor. After the Manner of Spenser.
1771The Old Maid, after the same Manner.
1788[Additional Lines for Collins's Superstitions Ode.]
The man of feeling. 1771.
The pursuits of happiness. 1771.
The man of the world. 2 vols, 1773.
The prince of Tunis: a tragedy. 1773.
Julia de Roubigne. 1777.
The mirror [ed. Mackenzie, et. al.] 1779-80, 1794.
The lounger [ed. Mackenzie, et. al.] 1785-87.
Works. 8 vols, 1807; 1808.
Miscellaneous works. 3 vols, 1819.
Virginia: or the Roman father. 1820?
Account of the life and writings of John Home. 1822.
The anecdotes and egotisms of Henry Mackenzie, ed. Harold W. Thompson. 1927.
Letters to Elizabeth Rose of Kilravock, on literature, events, and people, 1768-1815, ed. Horst W. Drescher. 1967.