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William Tennant ( 1784-1815 )

Scottish poet and scholar, born in the fishing village of Anstruther, Fife. He studied at St. Andrews University, and in 1812 published a mock-heroic poem Anster Fair, which was the first attempt to naturalize the Italian ottavo rima. He was a teacher from 1816 at Lasswade, from 1819 at Dollar Academy, and from 1835 professor of oriental languages at St. Andrews University. Other poems by Tennant were the Thane of Fife ( 1822 ) and Papistry Stormed ( 1827 ); dramas were Cardinal Beaton ( 823 ) and John Baliol ( 1825 ).

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