[Sir] William Tennant

Life
1784-1848; linguist, poet; Hebrew, Arabic, Syriac and Persian; schoolmaster; St. Mary’s Coll., St. Andrews, 1834-48; works incl. The Anster Concert (1811), and Anster Fair (1812); historical and biblical dramas; also wrote a Syriac and Chaldee Grammar (1840).

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Notes
Kith & kin: James Emerson Tennent (Conservative MP for Belfast) who fought in the Greek War of Independence travelled with W. M. Thackeray to Cairo (see Thackeray, A Thackeray describes in From Cornhill to Cairo). William Tenn[e]nt, owner of the Tempo estate from 1814, was one of the founders of The Northern Star; and see various Tennents in DUB.

Portrait of Sir James Emmerson Tennent by Patrick MacDowell, marble bust, Belf. Corp.; see Anne Crookshank, Irish Portraits Exhibition (Ulster Mus. 1965),

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