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Sir Peter Coats


1808 - 1890

Town Hall with statues of Thomas and Peter Coats, Paisley
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Town Hall with statues of Thomas and Peter Coats, Paisley

Industrialist. Born in Paisley, Coats was educated at Paisley Grammar School and the University of Glasgow. He became a partner in the thread manufacturers J & P Coats, based in Paisley, which became one of the largest manufacturing enterprises in the world. On Peter's retiral (1856), his brother Thomas (1809 - 1883) became the driving force in the company. Knighted in 1869, he was noted for his philanthropy.


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