James Fenton (1931–2021) was the outstanding Ulster-Scots poet of recent times. He grew up in the townlands of Drumadarragh and Ballinaloob, near Ballymoney, in North Antrim, and pursued a career in teaching, going on to become Principal of Ballysillan Primary School in Belfast. His highly-acclaimed book – The Hamely Tongue: A Personal Record of Ulster-Scots in County Antrim – was first published in 1995 and went through several editions. He was also the author of two volumes of Ulster-Scots poetry. His widow, Mrs Pamela Fenton, kindly donated a collection of his books to the Foundation in 2021. The collection includes publications on a range of subjects including linguistic and cultural history, with a strong emphasis on Ulster-Scots studies.

Fenton Donation