James Fenton (born. 25 April 1931) is a linguist and poet who writes in Ulster Scots.
He grew up in Drumdarragh and in Ballinaloob, County Antrim. His home language of childhood was Ulster Scots. Educated at Stranmillis College in Belfast, and later Queen's University, he became a teacher at schools in Belfast.
His poetry in Ulster Scots, at times lively, contented, wistful, is written in contemporary Ulster Scots, and particularly the dialect of Ballinaloob ("Belnaloob" in his poem Thonner an Thon).