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Jane Baillie Welsh has been divorced from Thomas Carlyle since 1866. They had been married for 39.1 years. Jane Baillie Welsh is currently available.

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Jane Baillie Welsh

Other - Spouse

Why Famous: Wife of Thomas Carlyle

Age: 217 (b. 1801)


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Thomas Carlyle

Arts - Author

Why Famous: The French Revolution,

Age: 85 (12/4/1795 - 2/5/1881)


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Event Start Date Length
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Engaged n/a --
Married 10/17/1826 39.1 years
    Separated n/a --
    Filed for Divorce n/a --
Divorced 1866 --
 Total39.1 years*

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Where and/or how did Jane Baillie Welsh and Thomas Carlyle meet?

Thomas had been introduced to Welsh by his friend and her tutor Edward Irving, with whom she came to have a mutual romantic (although not sexually intimate) attraction.

Why did Jane Baillie Welsh and Thomas Carlyle break up?

Carlyle became increasingly alienated from his wife. Although she had been an invalid for some time, her death (1866) came unexpectedly and plunged him into despair, during which he wrote his highly self-critical "Reminiscences of Jane Welsh Carlyle," published posthumously.

Other Relationship Information about Jane Baillie Welsh and Thomas Carlyle:

Carlyle married Jane Welsh in 1826, making the marriage one of the most famous, well documented, and unhappy of literary unions. Over 9000 letters between Carlyle and his wife have been published showing the couple had an affection for one another marred by frequent and angry quarrels.

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