He was born 1761 in Drumoak, Aberdeenshire, the son of John Glennie and Jean Mitchell. He married Mary Gardiner in 1794 at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Richmond, Surrey. He and Mary had a large family of twelve, four of whom became Australian Pioneers (James, Henry, Alfred and Benjamin). He died in 1828 in Sandgate, Kent.
He was the teacher to Byron from August 1799 to April 1801, at his 'academy' in Dulwich Grove. The Academy had originally been a Tavern called The Green Man, and had been converted by 1815. He was also a friend of the poet Thomas Campbell.
- K. Rayner, 'Glennie, Benjamin (1812 - 1900)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Online Edition
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Byron, George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron". Encyclopædia Britannica. 4 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 897–905. (See p. 897.)
- Jerome McGann, ‘Byron, George Gordon Noel, sixth Baron Byron (1788–1824)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, October 2007
- "Thomas Campbell" in A Book of Memories: Great Men and Women of the Age, from Personal Acquaintance (1871) pages 345-58 by Samuel Carter Hall
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