June 4, 1758, Carlisle, Cumbria, England.

April 12, 1804, Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Son of George Carlyle, Joseph was educated first at Christchurch, then at Queens’ College, Cambridge (AB 1779, AM 1782, STB 1793). He later served as a professor of Arabic for five years there, and afterwards Vicar of Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1799, he accompanied Thomas Bruce, Earl of Elgin, to Constantinople (now Istanbul, Turkey) to explore the treasures of the city’s public library; he eventually extended his journey into Asia Minor and nearby islands. His hymns appeared in Psalms & Hymns, by J. Fawcett (Carlisle: 1802). His other works include:

  1. Father of Heaven, Whose Gracious Hand
  2. Lord, When We Bend Before Thy Throne
  3. Lord, When We Creation Scan

Carlyle’s burial place