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. You can also discover some of the weird and wonderful Nelson-related objects on display at the National Maritime Museum, including the jacket Nelson was wearing when he was fatally wounded.

Nelson timeline

29 September 1758 | Born in Norfolk

11 March 1787 | Married Frances (Fanny) Nisbet

May 1794 | Blinded in his right eye in Bastia

24 July 1797 | Lost his arm at the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

1799 | Nelson and Emma Hamilton begin their affair

5 February 1801 | Horatia Nelson born, daughter of Nelson and his mistress Emma Hamilton

21 October 1805 | Died at the Battle of Trafalgar

23 December 1805 | Nelson's body brought to Greenwich befor being laid to rest at St. Paul's Cathedral on 8 January. 

 

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Get up close to the actual uniform Admiral Nelson was wearing when he was fatally wounded at the Battle of Trafalgar.

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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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A rather grizzly medical saw, was it the one used to amputate Nelson's right arm?

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The lives and careers of Horatio Nelson and Napoleon Bonaparte are inextricably linked, as two dominant leaders and adversaries. 

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Nelson's pigtail (or queue), was cut off after his death at the Battle of Trafalgar 21 October 1805.

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Portsmouth is a major British naval base. Nelson left from Portsmouth on board HMS Victory to go to the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

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We know exactly how Nelson looked (without the flattery of painters) thanks to this remarkable mask taken of his face five years before his death.

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Lord Nelson is best known for his victory at the Battle of the Trafalgar but he was already a national hero before then thanks to his naval tactics.

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Sometimes fame and glory just aren't enough. This rifle is believed to have been presented to Nelson together with a scimitar and canteen by the Sultan of Turkey after the Battle of the Nile. 

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As well as being a naval hero, Lord Nelson was an interesting and complex man. His letters and diaries reveal much about his character.

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