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Lance-Corporal Ned Coates was a Watchman at Treacle Mine Road during the events leading up to the Glorious Revolution. He was also one of the real revolutionaries, having been involved at least in the Morphic Street Conspiracy. He had come from Pseudopolis, presumably for the better pay offered watchmen in Ankh-Morpork in those days, and had trained under John Keel there. This accounts for the hostility he showed toward Vimes/Keel in the timeline in which Keel had been killed and Vimes had to stand in for him. Coates knew Vimes was an impostor. Disillusioned about Snapcase after being sent, under Carcer, to kill a number of survivors of the Republic in spite of the general amnesty, he seems to have made a kind of peace with Vimes-as-Keel shortly before his death.

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