Guy Patton, B.Sc., Cert. Ed (Loughborough College)


Guy lives in Sidmouth, Devon with his wife Luana, stepson, Mark, and stepdaughter, Ilena. Educated at St Columba’s College, St Albans, he attended Loughborough University where he qualified as a teacher of Physical Education and Mathematics, in 1970. He was then appointed Manager of the indoor swimming pool and sports hall at the Bank of England Sports Club in Roehampton, London. After three years, he took up a teaching post at Poltair Comprehensive School in St. Austell, Cornwall. During this time, Guy founded a Gymnastics Club and coached Trampolining, at the local Leisure Centre. He also founded Men’s Keepfit classes and the St Austell All Stars Basketball Club, as well as playing regularly in the first team of the Plymouth-based Mayflower Canaries Basketball Club (now renamed the Plymouth Raiders), and ran tennis coaching sessions in the summer months.


In 1978, Guy started the ‘Fitness Machine’ aerobic fitness classes throughout mid-Cornwall. He left full time teaching in 1982 and set up Duporth Manor Health Club that comprised a gym, sauna, spa, solaria and hair salon. He expanded his aerobic organisation and appeared in fitness features on Television South West. The Health Club was sold in 1990, and Guy went to Malta to manage the Malta Health Farm. Whilst in Malta he became chairman of the Administration committee of a private charity that ran a leisure centre for disabled people. Guy planned and appeared in a series of short fitness features broadcast on Malta television, and wrote a number of articles for the Malta Sunday Times. He was also a consultant to Ozzie Sports in gym staff training.

Returning to the UK, Guy underwent an operation for spinal fusion in 1995 that temporarily curtailed his career in health and fitness. During the period of recovery, he embarked on a course of study in stress management and gained some qualifications in preparation for a new career. He also offered his services as a volunteer gym instructor at the ASPIRE National Training Centre, Stanmore, for spinal injuries. Here he qualified as an NVQ assessor in sport and recreation.


At the same time, he undertook an intensive study into the mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau popularised by the book, Holy Blood and Holy Grail by Henry Lincoln, Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, first published in 1982. Seven years of research culminated in the publication of Web of Gold, by Guy Patton and Robin Mackness, in 2000. The following year, he and his future wife, Luana, and her children, left London and moved to Sidmouth. Further research into the mystery and other threads led to a re-assessment of the book and the publication of Masters of Deception in 2009.


Recovered from the spinal fusion operation, Guy was able to resume his personal gym training and took over the running of junior basketball coaching at Sidmouth Sports Centre. Despite some interruption for hip replacements, in 2009 he resumed aerobic teaching and currently runs two classes in Sidmouth. He has completed a comprehensive study of the life and works of the French 16th century artist, Nicolas Poussin, and has possibly solved a three hundred and fifty year-old mystery arising from the artist’s master-piece, Les Bergers d’Arcadie.   


Additional qualifications, experience and interests:

Coaching awards in - badminton, basketball, gymnastics, trampolining, swimming, volleyball.

Former member of AFTA, The Aerobic Fitness Teachers Assoc.

Founder member of Restormel Council for Sport and Recreation, vice-chair 1979/80/81 and chair 1982/83/84.

Former member of The British Amateur weightlifting Assoc.

Former member of the International Stress Management Association

Diploma in Stress management.

NVQ Assessor in Sport and Recreation.

Member of MENSA.

Member of Institute of Advanced Motorists (Motorcyclist)

Author of Fitness/Lifestyle articles published in Cornish Guardian, Mature Tymes, Malta Sunday Times and colour supplement.

Television appearances - 2 fitness features on T.S.W. (UK), 7 fitness features on T.V.M (Xandir Malta).

Former Vice-Chair of Broadfields Schools Governing Body.

Committee member of the Friends of Mill Hill Park.

Player/member (1977-82) of basketball club, Plymouth (National League club).

Ability to read and communicate in French.

Guitar and keyboard player.

Member of CERT, Centre for Templar Research, France.

Former Chairman of the Rennes-le-Chateau Research Group

Former Chairman of Sidmouth Tennis Club


Guy has been interviewed on various radio programmes in connection with his researches and has spoken at many conferences and symposia with other leading authors in this field.