George Cornet

George Thomson Cornet (15 July 1877 – 22 April 1952) was the only Scot in the Great Britain and Ireland water polo team that won gold in the 1908 Summer Olympics and the 1912 Summer Olympics. He was born in Inverness and died in Rainhill.[1]

George Thomson Cornet, 1912
George Cornet
Medal record
Men's water polo
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1908 London Team competition
Gold medal – first place 1912 Stockholm Team competition

He played as a back for the Inverness Amateurs team that won the Scottish Championship in 1909 and reached four other finals; Cornet represented Scotland a total of 17 times between 1897 and 1912. Cornet also played football and cricket for Inverness teams as well as competing in heavy and track athletics events.

Cornet was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame on the 12 March 2007. He was first married to Barbara Mackintosh who died in childbirth, after which he married her sister Isabella Mackintosh with whom he had a daughter, Ruby.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "George Cornet". Olympedia. Retrieved 12 April 2021.

External linksEdit

  Media related to George Thomson Cornet at Wikimedia Commons