Admiral Lord Nelson

Explore the life and career of Horatio Nelson – from his successful naval career, culminating in the Battle of Trafalgar, to his personal relationships and colourful love life. Also, check out some of the weird and wonderful Nelson-related objects on display at the National Maritime Museum.

Lord Nelson was fatally shot at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Signal Midshipman John Pollard took credit for killing the Frenchman who did it.

Horatio Nelson was born in Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk, on 29 September 1758. He first went to sea at 12, marking the start of his heroic naval career.

The Battle of Trafalgar took place in 1805. Nelson masterminded the victorious British attack on the Franco-Spanish fleet.

The Battle of Trafalgar was a famous naval battle in 1805. Nelson led Britain to victory over a combined French and Spanish fleet. 

Nelson was killed by a fatal gunshot wound at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805. 

Emma Hamilton became famous for her scandalous affair with Lord Nelson, which lasted from 1799 to his death in 1805. 

Emma Hamilton was Lord Nelson’s mistress from 1799 to 1805. She was a greatly admired beauty with a colourful history.

Frances Nisbet married Lord Nelson in 1787. They were married for over ten years before he met and fell in love with his mistress, Emma Hamilton. 

HMS Victory was Lord Nelson's flagship in his victory at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805.

Lord Nelson was born close to the coastal town of Great Yarmouth in Norfolk. He paid a number of visits to Great Yarmouth throughout his career.

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