The family origins of the Carnegies go back
to 12th-century Brittany, in northern France,
and to the Scottish counties of Fife and Angus.
Andrew Carnegie, the philanthropist, who
is the chief hero of this book, was descended
from David Carnegie, 1st Earl of Southesk.
While Andrew eschewed any idea of high birth,
preferring to be seen as a poor weaver's son,
he relished all the historical tales of derring-do
about William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and
Bonnie Prince Charlie. William Shakespeare and
Robert Burns were his favourite authors, whom
he never tired of quoting. Carnegie Heritage
brings into focus his family background and
personal character, exploring his amazing life
and his unprecedented legacy of humanitarian
foundations and endowments.
When writing the book, the co-authors had
the great pleasure of travelling to Skibo Castle
and meeting several of Andrew Carnegie's
descendants, who have been most helpful with
personal information and family photographs.
A number of less-closely related Carnegies
are given prominence in these pages, such as
Susan, who founded the precursor to the Royal
National Lifeboat Association, and the Jacobite
David, who established a notable brewery in
Gothenburg, Sweden, after the 1745 Rising.
Beautifully illustrated and copiously crossreferenced,
this publication, the fifth in the
remarkable 'Heritage' series from Braykc
Publishing, deserves a place on the bookshelf
of anyone who admires Andrew Carnegie
and the rich store of benefits which he left to
The book is a treasure-chest of
facts, statistics and surprises and much of the
information has not appeared in print in this