Sebastian Coe

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Birth Name: Sebastian Newbold Coe

Place of Birth: Hammersmith, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 29 September, 1956

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

Sebastian Newbold Coe, Baron Coe, is a British politician and track and field athlete. He has been President of World Athletics, since 19 August, 2015. He was previously a Member of Parliament for Falmouth and Camborne, from 9 April, 1992 to 8 April, 1997, a Member of the House of Lords/Lord Temporal, from 16 May, 2000 to 31 January, 2022, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, from 18 May, 2004 to 30 May 2013, Chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, from 24 August, 2008 to 12 August, 2012, and Chairman of the British Olympic Association, from 7 November, 2012 to 24 November, 2016. He is also known as Seb Coe and The Lord Coe.

Sebastian is the son of Tina Angela Lal and athletics coach, author, and translator Peter Coe (Percy Newbold Coe). He was raised in Warwickshire and Sheffield.

Sebastian’s 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 is married to Carole Annett. Carole’s father is cricket captain M. J. K. Smith. Sebastian has four children with his former wife, Badminton Horse Trials three-day-event champion Nicky McIrvine.

Sebastian’s paternal grandfather was Percy Coe (the son of Robert Coe and Jane Artlett). Robert was the son of Robert Coe and Ann Birtley.

Sebastian’s paternal grandmother was Violet Newbold (the daughter of Henry Brereton Newbold and Violet Rose). Henry was the son of Henry Newbold. Sebastian’s great-grandmother Violet was the daughter of Daniel Rose.

Sebastian’s maternal grandfather was named Sardari Lal Malhotra. Sardari was born in Punjab, India.

Sebastian’s maternal grandmother was Vera Frances Gwendolyn Swan (the daughter of Edwin Swan and Gwendolyn/Gwendoline Davies Hyde Clarke). Vera was born in Bath, Bath and North East Somerset, England. Edwin was born in Ballyragget, Co Kilkenny, Ireland, the son of John Wright Swan and Henrietta Lucy Goddard, who was from Dovercourt, Harwich, Essex, England. Sebastian’s great-grandmother Gwendolyn was born in Newport, Newport, Wales, the daughter of Hamnet Hyde Clarke, who was from Runcorn, Cheshire, England, and of Emma Mawby Row.

Sources: Family histories of Sebastian Coe –

Genealogy of Sebastian Coe –

5 Responses

  1. follers says:

    Andrew, are you sure Sebastian has black Jamaican ancestry?

    • andrew says:

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

      • follers says:

        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.

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