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The ‘Natural Leaders’ and their World
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The ‘Natural Leaders’ and their World: Politics, Culture and Society in Belfast, c.1801–1832

Jonathan Jeffrey Wright


This book is an exploration of the complex and cosmopolitan urban culture inhabited by the Presbyterian elite of late-Georgian Belfast. Employing both biographical and thematic approaches, it begins by examining the story of the Tennents, one of the most prominent Presbyterian families in early nineteenth-century Belfast, before turning to reconstruct their milieu. Challenging existing narratives, the study provides a re-assessment of the political life of late-Georgian Belfast, highlighting the activities of a close-knit group of advanced reformers – the ‘natural leaders’ of the book's title ... More

Keywords: Presbyterian elite, late-Georgian Belfast, Tennents, cultural life, intellectual life, philanthropic activities, charitable societies, romanticism, evangelicalism, Lord Byron

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9781846318481
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317903


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Jeffrey Wright, author