Thomas Carlyle’s Birthplace

Thomas Carlyle's Birthplace.

thomas carlyles birthplaceThomas Carlyle's Birthplace To Look upon the humble house today, it is inspiring to reflect that it was the birthplace of one of Britain's most influential thinkers.

Thomas Carlyle was born  in 1795, and went on to become a great writer and historian, as well as one of the leading voices on 19th-century morals and social equality.

The birthplace has been open to the public since 1883 and has changed very little in that time, giving an authentic look into a Victorian household.  The interior of the house is furnished to reflect domestic life at Carlyle's time and contains a fascinating collection of portraits and Carlyle's personal belongings.

  • View objects and artefacts from Carlyle’s early years, including his cradle.
  • Admire the writing desk and a bookcase full of Carlyle’s books and reference texts.
  • See Carlyle’s 80th birthday tribute, signed by many Victorian public figures.
  • Visit nearby Ecclefechan churchyard, where Carlyle was laid to rest in 1881 next to his parents.

    Thomas Carlyle

    Philosopher

    Thomas Carlyle was a Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, translator, historian, mathematician, and teacher. Considered one of the most important social commentators of his time, he presented many lectures during his lifetime with certain acclaim in the Victorian era. One of those conferences resulted in his famous work On Heroes, Hero-Wor…

    Quotes

    Narrative is linear, but action has breadth and depth as well as height and is solid.
    Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts.
    The cut of a garment speaks of intellect and talent and the color of temperament and heart

 

Entry prices

Adult
£3.50
Family
£9.00
One adult family
£7.00
Concession
£2.50