Henry Sinclair, 2nd Baron Pentland

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Henry John Sinclair, 2nd Baron Pentland AMICE (6 June 1907 – 14 February 1984) was a Scottish businessman and peer. The transatlantic Baron Pentland was a businessman and member of the House of Lords who spent much of his career conducting government and commercial affairs with the United States.[1]

Education and career[edit]

Pentland was educated at Wellington College. He inherited the title from his father, John Sinclair, 1st Baron Pentland, in 1925, aged only eighteen. He was admitted to Trinity College, Cambridge, and graduated with an MA in 1929. He was elected President of the Cambridge Union in 1929. He qualified as a civil engineer.[1]

During World War Two he served in the British Army and later appointed Assistant Secretary of the Combined Production and Resources Board, 1944-1945 at Washington, D.C.[1]

He was a director and vice president of the American British Electric Corporation. Known for his affiliation with the Work of G. I. Gurdjieff, he became president of the American Gurdjieff Foundation upon its establishment in 1953, retaining the position until his death in New York in 1984.[1]


Lord Pentland married Lucy Elisabeth Smith on 11 September 1941; the couple had one daughter, Mary Sinclair (born 21 November 1942). The barony became extinct upon his death.[1]

Books by Lord Pentland[edit]

Exchanges Within; Questions from Everyday Life; Selected Meetings with John Pentland in California. 1955-1984. Continuum: New York. 1997.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Obituary: Lord Pentland". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 29 February 1984. p. 16. 

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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Sinclair
Baron Pentland
Succeeded by