William Tennant ( 1784-1815 )
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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