Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum

Image courtesy of the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, Dunfermline

Celebrating a Scottish Tycoon

Born in 1835 in Dunfermline, Andrew Carnegie went from humble beginnings to become one of Scotland's most prized exports. A steel tycoon, stockbroker, writer, lecturer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Andrew emigrated to America in 1848 with only a few possessions to his name. He transformed his life and legacy by setting up his businesses in Pittsburgh and becoming, at one point, the richest man in the world.

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Presentation Key

This silver gilt Presentation Key was given to Margaret Carnegie Miller, daughter of Andrew, on the occasion of the opening of the extension to the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum in Dunfermline, 1928. The key is surmounted by a M C monogram with engraved arch and inscribed verso.

This silver gilt Presentation Key was given to Margaret Carnegie Miller, daughter of Andrew, on the occasion of the opening of the extension to the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum in Dunfermline, 1928. The key is surmounted by a M C monogram with engraved arch and inscribed verso.

Presentation Casket

A George V silver presentation casket given to Louise Whitfield Carnegie, Andrew Carnegie's widow, in 1935. The casket is crafted in a rectangular hinged form with pierced Celtic design hinges, Celtic banding to the upper and lower edges and bracket feet, an armorial crest engraved to the lid and inscription on the front.

An Ivory Mallet

An ivory mallet of circular fluted form with double fluted and beaded baluster handle, the silver terminal plaque inscribed, "Presented to Andrew Carnegie on the occasion of the laying of the memorial stone of King's Theatre in Edinburgh, 18th August 1906."

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Andrew Carnegie: A Son of Scotland

Despite amassing a large wealth in his lifetime, Carnegie's truest riches took the form of philanthropy. Before his death in 1919, he had donated at least 90% of his fortune to charities, good causes, foundations and universities including founding the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and gifting Pittencrieff Park in Dunfermline to its people.

Despite amassing a large wealth in his lifetime, Carnegie's truest riches took the form of philanthropy. Prior to his death in 1919, he had donated at least 90% of his fortune to charities, good causes, foundations and universities including founding the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and gifting Pittencrieff Park in Dunfermline to its people.

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