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. It was originally constructed by Carlyle's father and uncle, both local stonemasons.
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.