Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) was a Scottish essayist, historian and philosopher regarded as one of the greatest nineteenth century figures of English literature. Carlyle, best known for his works The French Revolution: A History, On Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History and The Latter-Day Pamphlets, was an unusual yet significant influence on Young Ireland and Irish nationalism. Carlyle, who was a notorious proponent of Anglo-Saxonism and thus generally anti-Irish, nonetheless found acquaintances with the editors of The Nation, Charles Gavan Duffy and John Mitchel. Carlyle visited Ireland several times, writing many articles, letters and books of his travels and his opinions of the country.


The Repeal of the Union (1848)

Trees of Liberty (1849)