Visit Ecclefechan and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Ecclefechan, Dumfries and Galloway. This large Annandale village, in fertile farmland, at a crossroads and near Hoddom, Birrens, and Burnswark, is famous as the birthplace of Thomas Carlyle (1795—1881), who described it in Sartor Resartus under the name of Entepfuhl.
The house in which he was born, an attractive plain building, is known as “The Arched House” and stands in the middle of Main Street (the village lies to the side of the new main A74 trunk road). The house was built by Carlyle's father and uncle, both of whom were master masons, and has an archway or “pend” through it.
The room where he was born can be seen, as well as furniture from his Chelsea house, and personal relics, including correspondence with Goethe.
At the top of the village at the North end of Main Street is a copy of Boehm's statue of Carlyle at Chelsea showing “Auld Tam Cair'll” seated. In the churchyard to the West is the grave of the author and his parents and brother. Archibald Arnott (1772—1855), who was doctor to Napoleon in St Helena, is also buried there.
The village lies in a hollow with a burn flowing through the centre, once crossed by eighteen small bridges, as described by Carlyle. it is now largely covered in, and a plaque on the wall at the head of the village reads: “1875. 209 ft of the burn below this spott was arched over by Dr George Arnott at his own expence”. The burn, however, is still above ground opposite the Carlyle House.
The village, despite much modern housing on the outskirts, keeps its highly distinctive character.
Nearby cities: Carlisle
Nearby towns: Annan, Gretna, Langholm, Lochmaben, Lockerbie
Nearby villages: Annandale, Applegarth Town, Beaumont, Bentpath, Bowness-on-Solway, Brydekirk, Burgh by Sands, Carrutherstown, Chapelknowe, Clarencefield, Cummertrees, Dalton, Dinwoodie Mains, Dornock, Drumburgh, Eaglesfield, Glasson, Greenhill, Hightae, Kirtlebridge, Mouswald, Port Carlisle, Powfoot, Racks, Rigg, Ruthwell, Solway Moss, Springfield, Templand, Torthorwald, Waterbeck
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