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The ‘Natural Leaders’ and their WorldPolitics, Culture and Society in Belfast, c.1801–1832$
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Jonathan Jeffrey Wright

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318481

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317903

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Will Tennent's band of ‘bastards and rebels’: the Tennent family in its contexts

Will Tennent's band of ‘bastards and rebels’: the Tennent family in its contexts

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(p.13) 1 Will Tennent's band of ‘bastards and rebels’: the Tennent family in its contexts
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The ‘Natural Leaders’ and their World
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317903.002

This chapter provides a biographical analysis of William Tennent and analyzes the place of the Tennent family in the various contexts they inhabited in Belfast. It highlights the family's involvement in the United Irish movement and describes William Tennent's financial success, which was made possible by conforming to patterns established by older generations of merchants. The chapter suggests that the stories of the Tennents reveal that Belfast may have been more flexible and politically complex than is often appreciated.

Keywords:   William Tennent, Tennent family, United Irish movement, financial success, merchants, politically complex

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