Sebastian Coe

by andrew on January 11, 2016

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Birth Name: Sebastian Newbold Coe

Place of Birth: Hammersmith, London, England

Date of Birth: 29 September 1956

Ethnicity: Punjabi Indian (maternal grandfather), English, some Scottish and Irish

Sebastian Coe is a British politician and former track and field athlete. He is the president of the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations). His maternal grandfather was a Punjabi Indian. His other ancestry is English, with some Scottish and Irish. He has ancestors who were born in Jamaica and the United States. One of Sebastian’s ancestors, George Hyde Clarke, was a slave owner in Jamaica.

Sebastian’s paternal grandparents were Percy Coe (the son of Robert Coe and Jane Artlett) and Violet Newbold (the daughter of Henry Brereton Newbold).

Sebastian’s maternal grandparents were Sardari Lal Malhotra and Vera Frances Gwendolyn Swan (the daughter of Edwin Swan and Gwendolyn Davies Hyde Clarke).

Sources: Genealogy of Sebastian Coe –

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follers January 11, 2016 at 6:14 pm

Andrew, are you sure Sebastian has black Jamaican ancestry?

andrew January 12, 2016 at 12:46 am

I just read one of his ancestors was a slave in Jamaica in 1700. The articles do not specify which race she was.

follers January 12, 2016 at 7:51 am

Slave? The links say Coe is descended from a slaveowner. He’s descended from Hyde John Clarke, the illegitimate son of a white slaveowner, George Hyde Clarke, who was born in England, and a white woman, Sophia (Astley), who was also born in England. George was still married to another woman when he had the child.

andrew January 12, 2016 at 1:23 pm

You’re right. You could add some more details to the text.

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