John Buchanan was born on the 1st January 1884 in Rhu. Like all the crew members aboard Thomas Glen-Coats’ 'Hera' in the 12-metre class at the 1908 Olympics, John Buchanan was a member of the Royal Clyde Yacht Club. He was a farmer and an enthusiastic sailor for many years who in 1936 won the Tarbert Cup sailing his 8-metre boat 'Falcon'. He died in Rhu on the 25th November 1943.
John was a member of the Hera's crew that also contained fellow local Helensburgh GP Dr Arthur Drummond Downes