Correspondence of James Emerson

Administrative / Biographical History

Tennent, Sir James Emerson, first baronet (1804–1869), traveller and politician, third son of William Emerson (d. 1821), merchant, of Belfast, and Sarah, youngest daughter of William Arbuthnot, of Rockville, co. Down, was born at Belfast on 7 April 1804 and was educated at Trinity College, Dublin.

On 28 January 1831 Emerson (as he was then known) was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn, where he had become a student on the advice of Jeremy Bentham, but it is doubtful if he ever practised his profession. On 24 June 1831 he married Laetitia, only daughter and heir of William Tennent, a wealthy banker at Belfast, of Tempo Manor, co. Fermanagh. In 1832 when his father-in-law died he assumed his name and arms, in addition to his own, by royal licence, and succeeded to estates in counties Sligo and Fermanagh.

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