1868 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Tennant

Ralston Inglis, in Dramatic Writers of Scotland (1868) 112-13.



WILLIAM TENNANT. — Born about 1785, at Anstruther, in Fife, and educated at the University of St. Andrews. He was for some time master of the parochial school at Denino, in Fife, from whence he removed to Lasswade, and in 1819, was elected teacher of Classical Languages at Dollar Academy. In 1835 he was appointed Professor of Oriental Languages at St. Andrew's University, and continued in that office till his death, on 15th October, 1848. Mr. Tennant first became known in the poetical world by the publication, in 1812, of Anster Fair, a poem in which there is a graphic account of the humours of a Scottish fair. He published subsequently various other poems, and was author of the following dramas: 1. Cardinal Beaton, 1823. 2. John Balliol, 1825. He also published a volume of dramas on scriptural subjects, entitled Hebrew Dramas, 1845, containing: 1. Jeptha's Daughter. 2. Esther, or the Fall of Haman; 3. The Destruction of Sodom. In a Memoir of W. Tennant, by Mr. M. F. Conolly, of Anstruther, 1861, there are some scenes of another sacred drama, "Joseph," apparently unfinished.