A list of Carnegie Libraries in Britain and Ireland, from the HistoryLinks exhibition at Dornoch, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Andrew Carnegie.
Andrew Carnegie was born in Dunfermline in 1835. He emigrated, with his family to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1848. Beginning his career as a telegraph boy he later became the superintendent of the Pennsylvania Railroad. He invested well in the railroad but he was also interested in steel manufacture. The Carnegie Steel Company later dominated the American steel market. Andrew Carnegie personally owned more than 50% of the company and when he sold it in 1901 he became the richest man in the world.
Believing that a man who died rich, die in disgrace he gave away over $350 million in his lifetime and a further $30 million on his death. He funded the building of around 3000 public libraries in America, Britain and Canada as well as setting up the Carnegie Trust for Universities of Scotland, the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust, the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust, the Carnegie Institute of Pittsburgh, The Carnegie Institute of Washington, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
He married Louise Whitfield in 1887 and the couple had their only daughter, Margaret, in 1897. The family spent six months of every year in the Highlands of Scotland. They bought the Skibo Estate near Dornoch and built Skibo Castle as their family home on the estate.
Andrew Carnegie died in 1919 in Lenox, Massachusetts.
These pages have been taken from an exhibition given at the Historylinks Museum in Dornoch during the 150th Anniversary of Andrew Carnegie's birth