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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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(p.239) Conclusion
The ‘Natural Leaders’ and their World
Liverpool University Press

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the political and cultural milieu inhabited by the Presbyterian elite of late-Georgian Belfast. It argues that William Tennent was not only a member but a prominent member of the United Irishmen, which was demonstrated by the involvement of his family in political, cultural, and philanthropic activity in late-Georgian Belfast. The chapter also suggests that cultural and intellectual matters were taken seriously by the middle classes and that their mental world was shaped by the influence of classicism, the Enlightenment, and romanticism.

Keywords:   Presbyterian elite, late-Georgian Belfast, political milieu, cultural milieu, United Irishmen, philanthropic activity, middle classes, classicism, Enlightenment, romanticism

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