Coates, Alexander an English Wesleyan preacher, a native of North Britain, was converted young; began his ministry in 1741, and died at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, October 6, 1765. He was the oldest preacher in the connection. His abilities were extraordinary; he was very popular, and his conversation wonderfully pleasant and instructive. See Atmore, Meth. Memorial, s.v.; Myles, Chinol. Hist. of the Methodists (4th ed.), page 168: Stevens, Hist. of Methodism, 1:420; Wesley, Journals, October 7, 1765.