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.

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Nelson was shot at the Battle of Trafalgar (1805). His body was brought back to England on board HMS Victory and he was buried at St Paul’s Cathedral.

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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.

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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.

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

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The Battle of Trafalgar is one of the most famous naval battles in British history. Nelson led Britain to victory over a combined French and Spanish fleet, but was shot and died during the battle. 

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Nelson was killed by a fatal gunshot wound at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805. There were at least three eyewitness accounts that confirm Nelson said "Kiss me Hardy" prior to his death.

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Despite leading an extraordinary life Emma Hamilton is probably best known for her scandalous affair with Lord Nelson, which lasted from 1799 to his death in 1805. 

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The story of Emma Hamilton is one of female power and achievement in a man’s world, against all odds.

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

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

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