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The unassuming exterior of this wee house in Ecclefechan near Lockerbie belies its significance in Scottish literary history. The interior is just as modest – three small rooms, sparsely furnished – yet it was in this house that Thomas Carlyle, the great Scottish social historian and one of Britain’s most influential writers and thinkers, was born in 1795.

The historic house and birthplace museum, known as the Arched House, has remained virtually untouched since 1881 when it was first opened to the public. Many of Carlyle’s belongings are still in situ, along with domestic items of the time, providing an authentic glimpse into Victorian life and a fascinating insight into Thomas Carlyle’s early years.
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As an indication of how powerful and influential Carlyle was in his lifetime, his entry in the contemporary Dictionary of National Biography ran to 20 pages.

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Thomas Carlyle’s Birthplace

All 12 - 4pm:
Fri - Mon 18-21 Apr
Fri - Mon 2-5th May
Fri - Mon 23th May - 30 Sept.

Tel. 0844 493 2247

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