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Archive of Sheena Lillian Tennant Kendall

Identifier: Coll-2055

Content Description

This fonds consists of autograph sheet music, printed music sheets, notebooks, and diaries of Sheena Lillian Tennant Kendall, "one of the first women composers" who studied under the famous Parisian composer and music teacher Nadia Boulanger. Most items are related to Kendall's music and her music- and theatre-related social activities in Munich and in London, but there are also three diaries describing her trip to India in 1912-1913.

List of material:

  1. Large collection of original autograph sheet music by Sheena Kendall, together with eight printed piano pieces by her. Manuscript material, dating from between 1902 and 1933, mainly from Fairlieburne, Fairlie, Argyllshire, Scotland.
  2. Notebook containing musical annotations by Nadia Boulanger and her pupil Sheena Kendall, ca 1909-1911.
  3. 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. 1904-1908
  4. Collection of six items of printed sheet music, all piano pieces by her, including arrangements of poems by W. B. Yeats; Alfred, Lord Tennyson; W. E. Henley; David Doyle. 1912-1917
  5. Notebook entitled "Concert & Theatre Book 1902-1904" of Sheena Kendall, recording her attendance at events while studying music in Munich. 1902-1904
  6. Notebook of Sheena Kendall containing a record of "Concerts, Theatres etc." attended by her in London between 1916 and 1918.
  7. Three "India diaries": Two Autograph Accounts (in 3 volumes) 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. November 1912 - March 1913.


  • Creation: 1902-1933


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Biographical / Historical

Sheena Lilian Grant Tennant came from a privileged Scottish family. She was the youngest of the six children of wealthy industrialist James Tennant of Fairlieburne, Fairlie, Ayrshire (nephew of Sir Charles Tennant of the Glen). In 1919 she married Herbert "Ken" Kendall (1881-1964) with whom she travelled to Japan where he worked at the P. & O. office in Kobe. Prior to her marriage she worked as an assistant to Major William Byam (1882-1963), an authority on trench fever, at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Euston, London.

Sheena Tennant Kendall was also a composer who studied under Nadia Boulanger, one of the leading composers and musicians of the 20th century.


1 linear metre

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in February 2022, along with the Photograph album of Sheena Tennant Kendall, Coll-2054. Accession no. SC-Acc-2022-0026.

Processing Information

Catalogued in October 2022 by Aline Brodin, using information supplied by the seller.

Archive of Sheena Lillian Tennant Kendall, 1902-1933
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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