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                                                                                                                                                                                     Dear Customers, Colleagues and Friends,

I have just added to my inventory a substantial quantity of journals kept by Sheila Tennant (Kendall), aspirant “women composer”. She travelled widely, and spent long periods abroad (Japan, Munich, Russia, Paris, India). Not to mention keeping a record of a service in the First World War. [Journals of her early years and attendance at Cheltenham Ladies’ College are not listed her.] She kept detailed and entertaining journals which are summarised below with links to the full description on my website.

A brief biography follows the list.

 [JAPAN] James Tennant (1852-1933) of Fairlieburne, Fairlie, Ayrshire, Scotland, industrialist and cousin of Margot Asquith; his daughter Sheena Lilian Kendall (1883-1974) [Great Kanto Earthquake, 1923]: 
Autograph Diaries of James Tennant (1 vol, 1923) and his daughter Sheena Kendall (6 vols, 1919-1924), describing life among the expatriate community in Kobe, with accounts of the Tokyo Earthquake.
Link to full description:

[MUNICH] Sheena Lilian Grant Kendall (1883-1974), daughter of James Tennant (1852-1933) of Fairlieburne, Fairlie, Ayrshire, Scotland, and niece of Margot Asquith [Royal Academy of Music, Munich]:
Five volumes of autograph diaries, covering four 'seasons' studying under Bussmeyer, Beer-Walbrun and Schmid-Lindner at the Royal Academy of Music, Munich; with descriptions of concerts by notable musicians.
A vivid and evocative picture of four 'seasons' of study at the Royal Academy of Music, Munich, by an intelligent, articulate, talented and ambitious female student, from a privileged Scottish background, and present an informative account of the musical milieu in Munich at the turn of the twentieth century, with assessments of various notable musical figures including Edvard Grieg, Ferruccio Busoni, Felix Weingartner, Joseph Joachim, Théophile Ysaÿe, Édouard Risler, Emil von Sauer, Aleksandr Abramovich Pechnikov, George Liebling, Frederic Lamond, Teresa Carreño, Bertha Marx-Goldschmidt, Eugen d'Albert, Elsie Playfair, Felix Mottl, Peter Raabe, Ernst Kraus, Fritz Feinhals, Georg Lennart Schnéevoigt, Anna von Gabain, Elaine Molle Feez, Hermine Bosetti, Clive Carey, Leonard Borwick, Alexander Dillmann.
Link to full description:

 Sheena Lilian Grant Tennant (1883-1974, later Kendall), granddaughter of Sir Charles Tennant, cousin of Margot Asquith:
Autograph diaries covering the First World War period, during which she works at the Mine Sweepers' Fund with Admiral Markham, and at the Military Hospital, Mount Vernon, Hampstead, with Major William Byam.

Mainly London and Fairlie, Ayrshire, Scotland. 1914 to 1918. Totalling around 1800pp., in five 12mo Asprey's diaries, in uniform black leather bindings, gilt. A fascinating piece of First World War social history, describing the war work of a talented and sensitive woman of the privileged classes.
 Link to full description:

[RUSSIA] Sheena Lilian Grant Tennant [later Kendall] (1883-1974), daughter of James Tennant (1852-1933) of Fairlieburne, Fairlie, Ayrshire, Scotland, and niece of Margot Asquith [Cook's Tour to Russia, 1911]: 
Autograph journal of Sheena Tennant, niece of Margot Asquith, describing a tour with a select party (Sir Robert Hudson, Lord Chesham, Spencer Lyttelton, Sir Henry Fielding Dickens et al) to Holland, Denmark and Russia.
On the P. & O. steamer SS Mantua, from Tilbury to Moscow and back, taking in various locations in Holland, Denmark and Russia. 4 to 28 August 1911. An entertaining account of a high society Cook's Tour to Russia, written in a spirited style and containing - in addition to vivid descriptions of the various locations - an amusing picture of the personal element of the tour, with a touch of the Daisy Ashford to it.  
 Link to full description:

[PARIS] Sheena Lilian Grant Tennant [later Kendall] (1883-1974), daughter of James Tennant (1852-1933) of Fairlieburne, Fairlie, Ayrshire, Scotland, and niece of Margot Asquith [Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979)]: 
Autograph diaries for the years 1906 to 1912, including an account of two years studying music composition under Nadia Boulanger in Paris.
The present diaries comprise a total of around 2300pp. of text in eight volumes.
Link to full description:

[INDIA] Sheena Tennant (1883-1974), niece of Margot Asquith [William James Maitland (1847-1919), Deputy Government Director, Indian Guaranteed Railways; Sir Pratab Singh of Idar; Sir Bhupal Singh of Udaipur]: 
[W. J. Maitland, Deputy Government Director, Indian Guaranteed Railways.] Two Autograph Accounts by Sheena Tennant of a tour with Maitland across India in a private railway car, encountering Bhupal Singh of Udaipur and Pratab Singh of Idar.
India [including Calcutta, Darjeeling, Benares, Lucknow, Cawnpore, Agra, Jaipur, Lahore, Peshawar, Delhi, Bombay]. Two volume account: 29 November 1912 to 27 January 1913.
Full description:
Sheena Lilian Kendall came from a privileged Scottish family, being one of the six children (five daughters and a son) of James Tennant of Fairlieburne, Fairlie, Argyllshire. JT was the nephew of Sir Charles Tennant of the Glen (father of Margot Asquith, wife of Prime Minister H. H. Asquith, who was hence his cousin), and an industrialist. Beginning as a partner in the Glasgow chemical manufacturers Charles Tennant & Co., JT became director of companies including United Alkali Co, North Eastern Electric Supply Co, and Eastern Paper Mills Co. SK was his youngest child, and it is clear from his diary that he felt great affection for her. She was educated at Cheltenham Ladies' College, studied music composition in Paris under Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979), published at least seven piano pieces (including songs by W. E. Henley and W. B. Yeats) between 1908 and 1929, worked during the war and until her marriage as assistant to Major William Byam (1882-1963), Royal Army Medical Corps, at the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Euston, and in Hampstead. On 31 July 1919 she married Herbert Moorhouse Kendall (1881-1941, whom she nicknames 'Ken'), previously of the 3rd Duke of Cornwall's Light Infrantry. Kendall has experience of the orient (Shanghai and Bombay), and after the honeymoon the couple travel to Japan, where he works at the P. & O. office in Kobe. (See the memoirs of his brother-in-law David Boyle, 'With Ardours Manifold' (1959).)





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