Viscount Horatio Nelson:
"I have always been a quarter of an hour before my time, and it has made a man of me."
TIMELINE OF NELSON'S LIFE
Nelson born at Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk.
Death of Nelson's mother.
Joins the Raisonable at Chatham, then the Triumph.
Voyages to the West Indies in a merchantman.
Arctic expedition in Carcass; then to India in Seahorse (-Sept. 1776)
Passes for Lieutenant.
Appointed to Lowestoft for West Indies.
Promoted commander of Badger.
Promoted post-captain in Hitchinbroke.
Naval commander of San Juan. Expedition up-river, Nicaragua.
Returns sick to England.
Expedition in Albemarle: North Sea, America and West Indies (-July 1783).
Marries Frances Nisbet on island of Nevis.
Returns to England: five years at home.
Appointed Captain of Agamemnon.
Serves in Toulon and Mediterranean.
Meets the Hamiltons at Naples.
Loses sight of right eye at Calvi, Corsica.
Battle of Cape St. Vincent
Knighted and Promoted Rear-Admiral of the Blue.
Loses right arm in attack on Tenerife.
Battle of the Nile: wounded.
Created Baron Nelson of the Nile and Burnham Thorpe.
Evacuates Neapolitan Royal Family to Palermo, Sicily.
Promoted Rear-Admiral of the Red.
Supports savage Royalist recapture of Naples.
Created Duke of Bronte*.
Growing scandal of affair with Emma Hamilton.
Returns to England overland with the Hamiltons.
Promoted Vice-Admiral of the Blue.
Seperates from wife.
Nelson's and Emma Hamilton's daughter, Horatia, born.
Battle of Copenhagen.
Created Viscount Nelson.
Commander in Chief of Mediterranean fleet.
Promoted Vice-Admiral of the White.
Pursuit of combined Franco-Spanish fleet to West Indies and back.
Battle of Trafalgar.
Nelson shot by French sniper on Redoutable and taken below decks.
Nelson dies at around 4.30pm.**
Nelson's body lies in state in Greenwich Hospital.
Nelson's body leaves Greenwich Hospital by river for Whitehall.
Admiral Lord Nelson buried in St Paul's Cathedral.
The plate on his coffin read as follows:
Lord Horatio Nelson
Viscount and Baron Nelson of the Nile, and of Burnham Thorpe in the County of Norfolk
Baron Nelson of the Nile, and of Hilborough in the said County
Knight of the most honourable Order of the Bath
Vice Admiral of the White Squadron of the Fleet
Commander in Chief of his Majesty's Ships and Vessels in the Mediterranean
Duke of Bronte in Sicily
Knight Grand Cross of the Sicilian Order of St Ferdinand and of Merit
Member of the Ottoman Order of the Crescent
Knight Grand Commander of the Order of St Joachim
Born 29th September 1758
After a series of transcendant and heroic services, this gallant admiral fell, gloriously, in the
moment of brilliant and decisive Victory over the Combined Fleets of France and Spain,
Cape Trafalgar, on
21st October 1805.
* The title "Duke of Bronte" was created specially for Nelson by Ferdinand, the King of the Two Sicilies, for the help given in suppressing the uprising in Naples. Nelson was very proud of this title, which translates as "Duke of Thunder", and delighted Lady Hamilton who took to calling Nelson "my Lord Thunder".
** Famous last words: Nelson spoke his last to the captain of the Victory, Thomas Hardy; reported as 'Kismet, Hardy', although these words are a matter of some debate. Nelson had also told Blackwood, a captain of a frigate, earlier in the day: 'Goodbye, Blackwood, we shall never meet again'.
Information pertaining to the "Bronte" title adapted from www.aboutnelson.co.uk., which also contains incredibly detailed information on everything possibly associated with Nelson.