Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle


Carlyle was born in Ecclefechan in Dumfriesshire.[1] His parents determinedly afforded him an education at Annan Academy, Annan, where he was bullied and tormented so much that he left after three years.[3] His father was a member of the Burgher secession church.[4] In early life, his family's (and nation's) strong Calvinist beliefs powerfully influenced the young man.

The Early Years

After attending the University of Edinburgh, Carlyle became a mathematics teacher.

His Legacy

Thomas Carlyle (4 December 1795 – 5 February 1881) was a Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher during the Victorian era. He called economics 'the dismal science', wrote articles for the Edinburgh Encyclopedia, and became a controversial social commentator.

His Death

Upon Carlyle's death on 5 February 1881 in London interment in Westminster Abbey was offered but rejected due to his explicit wish to be buried beside his parents in Ecclefechan. His final words were, 'So, this is death. Well!'

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