Sir Thomas Glen-Coats, 2nd Baronet

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Olympic medal record
Representing  Great Britain
Gold medal – first place 1908 London 12 metre class

Sir Thomas Coats Glen Glen-Coats, 2nd Baronet (5 May 1878, in Paisley – 7 March 1954, in Glasgow) was a Scottish sailor who competed for the Royal Clyde Yacht Club in the 12 metre class at the 1908 Summer Olympics.

He was the son of Sir Thomas Glen-Coats, 1st Baronet, Member of Parliament for West Renfrewshire.

The 12-Metre Heatherbell was designed by Thomas C Glenn-Coates (skipper) for Major Andrew Coates and built by Alexander Robertson and Sons Ltd (Yachtbuilders) in 1907. She was the first yacht in the new metre-class to be built in the UK. The 'Coates' name (textile/thread dynasty of Paisley) became well known for racing 8-Metres on the Clyde, between 1911 and 1938. Heatherbell later represented Finland in the 1912 Helsinki Summer Olympics.

He was also the designer and helm of the British boat Hera, which won the 1908 gold medal in the 12-metre class. He was apprentice to Alfred Mylne, who crewed on the yacht for his young protégé.

On his father's death in 1922 he became a baronet.

Lady Glen-Coats[edit]

On 5 April 1935, he married Louise Hugon, the daughter of Emile Hugon. In 1938 she became the prospective Liberal candidate for Orkney & Shetland. The Liberals had lost the seat to the Conservatives in 1935 and hoped to regain it at a general election expected for 1939-40. However the outbreak of war postponed the election. She remained as prospective candidate but in 1945 stepped down in favour of Jo Grimond who went on to win the seat in 1950.[1] Instead she stood in Paisley, where the Glen-Coats were prominent local industrialists, coming third with just over 10%.[2] From 1946 to 1948 she was Chair of the Scottish Liberal Party. She died suddenly in Jersey on 19 September 1967.

The baronetcy became extinct on his death.


  1. ^ Memoirs, Jo Grimond
  2. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig