Dennis Kennedy

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Dennis Campbell Kennedy is a writer on Irish and European affairs. Currently based in Belfast,  he has worked 
as a journalist in both parts of Ireland, and in the United States and Africa. From 1985-1991, he was Head of the 
European Commission Office in Northern Ireland, and later  lecturer in European Studies in Queen's University 
Belfast.
Born in Lisburn, Co.Antrim, he was educated at Wallace High School Lisburn, Queen's University, Belfast, and 
Trinity College Dublin. He graduated in Modern History from Queen's in 1958, and received a PhD from Dublin 
University (Trinity College) in 1985. Read more...

Member for Lisburn

‘THE MEMBER FOR LISBURN – FRENCH, NOT ENGLISH’


Dennis Kennedy

Presidential address to the Belfast Literary Society, 2 October 2006


When Richard Wallace, the illegitimate son of the Fourth Marquis of Hertford, inherited in 1870 his father’s fortune and priceless collection of art – later to become the Wallace Collection – he also effectively inherited a seat in the House of Commons.. Described as ‘more French than English’ Sir Richard was an MP from 1973 to 1985 sitting for the borough of Lisburn in the heart of the Hertford estates in County Antrim. This paper examines both his political involvement and his partial immersion in things Irish.


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