Peter Tennant

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(spook, diplomat, businessman, deep state operative)
Born Peter Frank Dalrymple Tennant
29 November 1910
Died 22 December 1996 (Age 86)
Haslemere, Surrey, UK
Alma mater Marlborough College, Trinity College (Cambridge)
Founder of The 61
Member of Le Cercle, The 61


Peter Tennant attended "Trinity College (Cambridge), where he was senior modern language scholar and was awarded a first in that subject two years later. In 1933 he was elected to a fellowship at Queens' and to a university teaching post. He spoke most European languages well, specializing in the Scandinavian tongues; his Swedish was so good that he could not only pass in Stockholm for a native, but could imitate several regional accents as well. His first wife, Hellis Fellennius whom he married in 1934, was Swedish."[1] In 1953 he married Galina Bosley, who died in 1995.[2]


Charles Hambro recruited Tennant into the Special Operations Executive in the summer of 1940. He was "involved in German code breaking early in WWII."[1]

He was "Director-General, British National Export Council, 1965–71; Industrial Adviser, Barclays Bank International Ltd, 1972–81; Director: Prudential Assurance Company Ltd, 1973–81; Prudential Corporation plc, 1979–86; C. Tennant Sons & Company Ltd, 1972–80; Anglo-Romanian Bank, 1973–81; Northern Engineering Industries (International) Ltd, 1979–82; International Energy Bank, 1981–84. Sen. Mod. Languages Scholar, Trinity College (Cambridge), 1929; Cholmondely Studentship, Lincoln’s Inn; 1st Cl. Hons Modern Languages Tripos, 1931; BA 1931, MA 1936, Cambridge. Cambridge Scandinavian Studentship, Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, 1932–33; Fellow Queens’ College, Cambridge, and University Lecturer, Scandinavian Languages, 1933; Press Attaché, British Legation, Stockholm, 1939–45; Information Counsellor, British Embassy, Paris, 1945–50; Deputy Commandant, British Sector, Berlin, 1950–52; resigned Foreign Service to become Overseas Director, FBI, 1952–63; Deputy Director-General, FBI, 1963–65. Special Advr, CBI, 1964–65. Mem., Council of Industrial Design, 1954–71; Acting Chm., Wilton Park Academic Council, 1969–71; Mem. Bd, Centre for Internat. Briefing, Farnham Castle, 1954–72; Chm., Gabbitas Thring Educational Trust, 1971–91; Pres., London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 1978–79 (Chm., 1976–78); Chm., British Committee, European Cultural Foundation, 1975–90; Mem., Impact Foundation Council, 1974–91; Trustee, Heinz Koeppler Trust, 1985–. Vis. Fellow, St Cross Coll., Oxford, 1982. MA Oxford, 1982."[1]

Deep Political connections

In May 1974 Tennant first attended Le Cercle.[3] Brian Crozier also reports that Tennant attended the group.[4] Sir Peter Tennant is likely to have been the anonymous host, "a leading figure in the bank", that chaired Brian Crozier's "very secret" Sunday morning meeting on February 13, 1977 at the executive suite of the anonymous "leading City of London bank", that established The 61.


Events Participated in

Le Cercle/1982 (Wildbad Kreuth)11 June 1982 - 13 June 1982Wildbad Kreuth, West Germany
Le Cercle/1983 (Bonn)30 June 1983 - 3 July 1983Bonn