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Alexander Carlyle

Carlyle, Alexander (1722–1805). Autobiographer, son of the Minister of Cummertrees, Dumfriesshire, was educated at Edinburgh and Leyden, and entering the Church became Minister of Inveresk, and was associated with Principal Robertson as an ecclesiastical leader. He was a man of great ability, shrewdness, and culture, and the friend of most of the eminent literary men in Scotland of his day. He left an autobiography in MS., which was ed. by Hill Burton, and published in 1860, and which is one of the most interesting contemporary accounts of his time. His stately appearance gained for him the name of “Jupiter” C.

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