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Alfred Lord Tennyson
Arms: Gules on a bend nebuly between three lion’s faces jessant de lis Or a chaplet Vert in dexter chief.

SOURCES, NOTES & CREDITS: Illustration for background, the blazon and some of the text from BP, 1999, 106th Ed., pp 2801-2802. The blazon has been reworked by J. H. Gaylor for this caption. Additional text is based on, and adapted from Wikipedia internet articles.

Alfred Lord Tennyson was born as Alfred Tennyson on 6 August 1809, Somersby, Lincolnshire, England. Tennyson was an English poet. He was the Poet Laureate during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular British poets. In 1829, Tennyson was awarded the Chancellor's Gold Medal at Cambridge for one of his first pieces, "Timbuktu".

Tennyson was appointed Poet laureate of the United Kingdom on 19 Nov 1850 by Queen Victoria and remained so until his death on 6 Oct 1892.

Studying English literature in school we were was required to read the poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade", 1854; and it is still worth a read.

Tennyson initially declined a baronetcy in 1865 and again in 1868 (when tendered by Disraeli), finally accepting a peerage in 1883 at Gladstone's earnest solicitation. In 1884 Victoria created him Baron Tennyson, of Aldworth in the County of Sussex and of Freshwater in the Isle of Wight on 24 Jan 1884. He took his seat in the House of Lords on 11 March 1884.

Lord Tennyson died on October 6, 1892, Lurgashall, Sussex, England and rests today at Westminster Abbey.

The barony of Tenyson is extant yet in the person of Lord David Tennyson, 6th Baron who has an heir who in turn has an heir presumptive….

The artwork is an interpretation of John Hamilton Gaylor.

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