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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (C)
Carlyle, Thomas


(1795-1881) He was born in the village of Ecclefechan in Dumfriesshire, in a house, still standing, which had been built by his stonemason father. He rose to become the most important British man of letters of his time. In 1834 he moved to London an wrote the two works upon which his fame rests, The French Revolution and Life of Frederick the Great. He declined to be buried in Westminster Abbey as was offered, directing, as his last request, that his body be returned to Ecclefechan. He started the London Library, perhaps the greatest private lending library in the world.

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