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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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. Discover more about the history of the famous ship.

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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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Visit the free Nelson, Navy, Nation gallery at the National Maritime Museum to explore the life and times of great British hero Horatio Nelson and the history of the Royal Navy and British people from 1688–1815.

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

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