Scottish writer Thomas Carlyle died - On this day in history
Thomas Carlyle, the Ecclefechan-born writer, historian and satirist died in London on 5 February 1881. Carlyle was brought up in a strict Calvinist family and his Calvinist views were to stay with him throughout his life, heavily influencing his writing. His work The French Revolution: A History was used by Charles Dickens as a research source for A Tale of Two Cities.
Carlyle was eligible to be buried in Westminster Abbey because of his literary achivements, but chose instead to be buried beside his parents in Ecclefechan.
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