1784-1848; linguist, poet; Hebrew, Arabic, Syriac and Persian; schoolmaster;
St. Marys 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).
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),