Old Photograph Harold Tennant Scotland

Old photograph of Harold Tennant who was born in Innerleithen near Peebles in the Borders of Scotland. Harold John " Jack " Tennant, born 18 November 1865, died 9 November 1935, was a Scottish Liberal politician. He served as Secretary for Scotland under his brother-in-law H. H. Asquith between July and December 1916. Tennant was a younger son of Sir Charles Tennant, 1st Baronet, by his first wife Emma, daughter of Richard Winsloe. He was the brother of Edward Tennant, 1st Baron Glenconner and Margot Asquith, and hence the brother in law of H. H. Asquith, and the half brother of Baroness Elliot of Harwood. He was educated at Eton and at Trinity College, Cambridge, England. In 1894 he was elected Member of Parliament for Berwickshire. At the 1918 general election, the Berwickshire constituency was abolished, and Tennant contested the new Berwickshire and Haddingtonshire constituency. He faced two opponents: R. W. Foulis of the Labour Party, and the Haddingtonshire MP John Deans Hope. With two incumbent Liberal MPs contesting one seat, Hope's receipt of the coalition coupon secured his victory, with 54% of the votes. Tennant came a poor third, with only 16% of the votes. He also unsuccessfully contested Glasgow Central in 1923[8] but never returned to the House of Commons. He married factory inspector May Abraham in 1896. Tennant bought Great Maytham Hall, Rolvenden, Kent in 1910. He commissioned Edwin Lutyens to rebuild the hall at a cost of £24,000. Tennant died in November 1935, aged 70.

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