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Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle, 1795 - 1881. Thomas Carlyle was born in Ecclefechan on 4th December 1795, the son of James Carlyle and his second wife, Margaret Aitken Carlyle. James's first wife, Janet, had died in childbirth in 1791. James Carlyle was a stonemason and a strict Calvinist who was well respected for his integrity and independence. The family were very close, and both parents were to have a lifelong influence on their son.

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