Craigenputtock, one of the most rural residences in South-West Scotland, was once the matrimonial home of Thomas Carlyle, one of Scotland's most influential authors. Craigenputtock dates back to as early as medieval times and the picturesque surroundings are still as they were then. With its tranquil atmosphere and untamed landscape it easy to see how Carlyle found it to be the ideal place to draw his inspiration.
The house is situated amid eight hundred acres of land, is sixteen miles from Dumfries and has been drawn and painted by acclaimed artists including James Paterson and Helen Allingham.
Today the property attracts authors, historians, literary scholars and many others from around the world who come to see the renowned environment where Carlyle penned his most celebrated works. Visitors come to experience the walks that Thomas, Jane and Ralph Waldo Emerson embarked upon and to see the house and grounds that have been so well documented over the centuries.
Standing on the entrance drive by Hill Field gate overlooking Jacob's Meadow heading towards the house.
Standing at the sandstone gate pillars looking north at Hawk Craig (Craigenputtock Hill trig point) over Round Wood where Alick Carlyle's cottage once stood.
Standing at the top of Craigenputtock Hill beside the cairn (trig point - 325m above sea level) looking west towards New Galloway.
With prior arrangement visitors are welcome to Craigenputtock and guided tours are also available.
Offering quad biking tours, shooting and archery. Outdoor space also available for hire and expeditions.
The house and grounds have been the set for both film and television productions. Please get in contact if you wish to film at Craigenputtock.
The tranquil surroundings are also ideal for wedding receptions and other events. Please get in contact if you would like to host an event.
Local and wider interest in the lives of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle prompted, in 2005, the setting up of Carlyle Craigenputtock Circle (CCC), a purely non-profit organisation committed to the study and promotion of Thomas and Jane's life at Craigenputtock and the preservation of this world-class estate. The CCC's first inaugural meeting was on June 6th 2006 and celebrated with visiting academics from the USA and the UK, the arrival of Thomas and Jane at Whitsun 1828. The event was recorded for a feature on the Carlyles and broadcast by Border TV.
Professor Rodger Tarr spoke about the international significance of Carlyle's seminal work, written at Craigenputtock, Sartor Resartus and local University of Glasgow (Crichton Campus) academic Dr Ralph Jessop offered insights into the very public private life of Thomas and Jane which was chronicled in letters still being edited at Edinburgh University by Dr Liz Sutherland and her team who were also present at the event.
Over 200 people visited Craigenputtock during the Open Doors weekend arranged by Dumfries & Galloway Council at the end of September 2006. Open to public view were the grounds of Craigenputtock and a fine collection of vintage cars, as well as the opportunity to bring along a horse or pony and trek on Craigenputtock Moor. Inside the home of Colin Carter-Campbell visitors were invited to take tea and view the house, including the study where Thomas Carlyle wrote Sartor Resartus and the kitchen where Jane experimented with baking bread.
The CCC celebrated Thomas's birthday with a special session with guest speakers and lunch at Corsock Village Hall near Craigenputtock on December 2nd, 2006. Beginning at 10am, after coffee, intelligence specialist Professor John Chapman spoke on "Carlyle and State Censorship" and Dr Ralph Jessop of Glasgow University (Crichton Campus) spoke on "Carlyle and Scottish thought". After a break for a light lunch there was an invitation to visit Craigenputtock for those interested in viewing Carlyle's study and the grounds and take tea with Colin Carter-Campbell.
Plans to host seminars on Carlyle at Craigenputtock and to hold more events of general interest are under way with local university academics and interested groups. Papers given at these events will be published, subject to peer review, as part of the activities of the CCC. More recent activities of The Carlyle Craigenputtock Circle have included:
A series of presentations given by Colin Carter-Campbell on the life of Thomas Carlyle at Craigenputtock
A reception hosted by The Carlyle Craigenputtoch Circle and talk by Dr Malcolm Ingram, a medical practitioner and expert on the life of Dr John Carlyle, Thomas Carlyle's brother.
A re-creation, open to the public with guides and explanation, of the famous walk in August 1833 by Emerson and Carlyle to the top of Hawk Craig where Carlyle made one of the most prescient remarks ever recorded: "Christ died on the tree: that built Dunscore kirk yonder: that brought you and me together. Time has only a relative existence."
An exhibition entitled 'Carlyle Connexions' presented by Alastair Guild at the CatstrandPLAY NOW
What a lovely place! We did the long walk up Carlyle's hill and then down to see the cattle. The quiet and tranquil surroundings are striking and it is easy to see why Carlyle chose this place for his home.
I already miss the beautiful sunny weather and knowing that when you chase the dream, everything happens: like finding Colin at the neighbors, and the german shepherd ate my cake!!!!
Stunning views from the top of the hill and historic walks - so glad we made it to see the hallowed ground the Carlyles wrote so much about. We visited Cheyne Row and Ecclefechan but Craigenputtoch was the highlight of our vacation.