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Joseph Dacre Carlyle

Carlyle, Joseph Dacre, 1759—1804

by Benjamin Colbert

Joseph Dacre Carlyle was born at Carlisle, the son of George Carlyle (1715-84), physician, and Dorothy Dacre Carlyle, née Appleby (1717-1805). He was educated at Cambridge University where he took a BA (1779), MA (1783), and BD (1793). During this time he became proficient in oriental languages, benefitting from instruction by a native of Baghdad then resident at Cambridge, and in 1795 he was appointed professor of Arabic. In 1799 he accompanied Thomas Bruce, seventh earl of Elgin (1766–1841; ODNB) to Constantinople as chaplain, and continued on his travels through Asia Minor, Palestine, Greece, and Italy, returning to England in September 1801. He died after an illness in 1804, his Poems being published posthumously by his sister. He also left a nearly complete journal of his travels, never published.


Lane-Poole, Stanley, and Philip Carter. 'Carlyle, Joseph Dacre (1758–1804), Arabic scholar'. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. 23 Sept. 2004. Oxford University Press. Web. 23 Oct. 2017. https://doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/4695


Title Published
Poems, Suggested Chiefly by Scenes in Asia-Minor, Syria, and Greece, with Prefaces 1805

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