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James Fenton, champion of the Ulster-Scots language, dies at 89

Ballymoney author published several critically acclaimed poetry collections in the language

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James Fenton was an expert in the Ulster-Scots language

James Fenton was an expert in the Ulster-Scots language

James Fenton was an expert in the Ulster-Scots language

Tributes have been paid to "one of the most significant Ulster-Scots poets and lexicographers of the last 200 years", James Fenton, who has died at the age of 89.

Mr Fenton's record of spoken Ulster-Scots, The Hamely Tongue, is regarded as the language's definitive work. He also wrote several poetry collections in the language, Thonner an Thon and On Slaimish, that garnered critical acclaim.

Born in 1931 on his family's farm near Ballymoney in Co Antrim, James Fenton attended Dalriada Grammar School, Stranmillis College and Queen's University Belfast.


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