Papers of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Don. c. 50, d. 53/1-3
  • Dates of Creation
      [ca. 1839]-71
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      4 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Papers of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle, consisting of:  

  • An account by Jane Welsh Carlyle of household expenses, 1854-5
  • An account by Jane Welsh Carlyle of a visit to Haddington, East Lothian, July 1849
  • 2 pocket-books of Thomas Carlyle, ca. 1839-47

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) was an historian, essayist and philosopher. His wife was Jane Baillie Welsh Carlyle, poet and writer. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Library by J.C.B. Gamlen, through the Friends of the Bodleian, in 1935.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 38830-3.