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William Tatem, 1st Baron Glanely

William James Tatem, 1st Baron Glanely (6 March 1868 – 28 June 1942) was a Cardiff ship-owner and thoroughbred racehorse owner and breeder.

Personal life and career

He was born in Appledore, North Devon from where he originally went to sea. He moved to Cardiff at the age of 18 and began work at the shipping offices of Anning Brothers. In 1897 he founded the Lady Lewis Steamship Company with a ship of that name and in 1910 this became the Tatem Steam Ship Co. He was created a baronet in 1916 and was raised to the peerage as the 1st Baron Glanely of St. Fagans in 1918. He was killed in an air-raid in Weston-super-Mare in 1942.

He was a benefactor of Cardiff University Cardiff and donated the money to build the 1904 Chemistry and Physics block.

Thoroughbred horse racing

In the interwar period he was one of the leading owners in British flat racing. He bought the Lagrange stables at Newmarket, Suffolk, in 1919 and maintained it until it was requisitioned by the British Army in 1939. He was British flat racing Champion Owner in 1919 and 1941, and was elected to the Jockey Club in 1929. His racing colours were black jacket, red, white and blue belt and cap.

His horses won six British Classic Races;

  • St. Leger - Singapore (1930), Chulmleigh, (1937)


  • Wright, Howard (1986). The Encyclopedia of Flat Racing. Robert Hale. pp. p107–108. ISBN 0709026390. 


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