Thomas Carlyle (Scottish Lawyer)
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Thomas Carlyle Scottish Lawyer

Carlyle's house at 62 Cumberland Street, Edinburgh

Thomas Carlyle (17 July 1803 - 28 January 1855) was born in King's Grange near Dumfries in Scotland.

He studied and graduated in law from the University of Edinburgh. In 1824 he was registered as lawyer at the Scottish bar. In October 1824 he inherited the title "Baron Carlyle of Torthorwald".

From 1830 on, he came in contact with the Scottish reverend Edward Irving and was named "apostle" of the Catholic Apostolic Church on 1 May 1835. He took responsibility for Northern Germany.

In the 1830s, "Thomas Carlyle, advocate" is listed as living at 62 Cumberland Street in Edinburgh's New Town.[1]

He is not to be confused with the better-known man of letters Thomas Carlyle, born a few years earlier also in Dumfriesshire. He too was connected to Irving, who introduced him to his wife, Jane Welsh. One biographer asserts that the similarities did cause confusion: "As a 'double-goer', perplexing strangers in foreign parts as well as at home, the 'Apostle' was occasionally an innocent, inadvertent nuisance to 'our Tom'."[2]

This Thomas Carlyle (lawyer) was the author of the book Shall Turkey Live or Die? (London: Thomas Bosworth, 1854). It has been mistakenly included in the Delphi Complete Works of Thomas Carlyle available on Amazon Kindle. This work is not in the authoritative Bibliography of Thomas Carlyle's Writings and Ana by Isaac Watson Dyer (1928).


  1. ^ "Edinburgh Post Office annual directory, 1832-1833". National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ Carlyle Till Marriage 1795 to 1826 by David Alec Wilson, 1923. Available on Google Books here, page 42-43.

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