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Horatio Nelson

Lord Nelson's Prayer
On the morning of 21st. October, 1805
The combined fleets of France and Spain then in sight:

"MAY THE GREAT GOD, whom I worship, grant to my Country and for the benefit of Europe in general, a great and glorious Victory: and may no misconduct, in any one, tarnish it: and may humanity after victory be the predominant feature in the British Fleet.

For myself individually, I commit my life to Him who made me and may His blessing light upon my endeavours for serving my Country faithfully.

To him I resign myself and the just cause which is entrusted to me to defend.

AMEN. AMEN. AMEN.


THE LIFE OF HORATIO LORD NELSON
by Robert Southey (1774-1843)

CHAPTER I 1758 - 1783
CHAPTER II 1784 - 1793
CHAPTER III 1793 - 1795
CHAPTER IV 1796 - 1797
CHAPTER V 1798
CHAPTER VI 1798 - 1800
CHAPTER VII 1800 - 1801
CHAPTER VIII 1801 - 1805
CHAPTER IX 1805

GENEALOGY

 

Personal Chronology 

1758 - 29 September, born at Burnham Thorpe

1771 - Joined the RAISONNABLE as midshipman

1776 - Promoted Acting Lieutenant at 17 years

1779 - 11 July: became Post Captain of the frigate HINCHINBROOK: still under 21 years old

1781 - 23 August: appointed Captain of the ALBEMARLE a small frigate of 21 guns

1784 - 18 March: appointed in Command of the frigate BOREAS

1787 - 11 March: married Mrs Francis Nisbit at Nevis in West Indies, bride given away by Prince William, later William IV

1793 - 30 January: appointed Captain of 64-gun AGAMEMNON. Later that year visited Naples where he first met Lady Hamilton

1794 - 12 July: during siege of Calvi lost sight of right eye

1795 - 13 March: AGAMEMNON 64 guns does battle with French CA’IRA 80 guns

1796 - 4 April: hoists broad pennant of Commodore in AGAMEMNON

1797 - 13 February: broad pennant hoisted in the CAPTAIN

1797 - 14 February: during battle of St. Vincent boarded the SAN NICOLAS and SAN JOSEF, received swords of vanquished Spaniards

1797 - 17 Match: accorded Knight of the Bath

1797 - 20 March: promoted Rear Admiral of the Blue with seniority

1797 - 1 April: hoists flag of Rear Admiral for first time

1797 - 24 July: commanded an attack on SANTA CRUZ. Right arm amputated

1797 - 27 September: invested with Order of the Bath by George III

1798 - 29 March: hoisted flag on board VANGUARD

1798 - 1 August: Battle of the Nile

1798 - 22 September: flagship anchors at Naples: Nelson is entertained by Sir William and Lady Hamilton, created Baron of the Nile and Burnham Thorpe

1799 - 14 February: promoted Rear Admiral of the Red

1799 - 13 August: created Duke of Bronté

1800 - 13 July: struck his flag at Leghorn

1800 - 6 November: landed at Yarmouth

1801 - 1 January: Vice Admiral of the Blue

1801 - 13 January: separated from his wife

1801 - 17 January: hoisted his flag on board SAN JOSEF

1801 - 29/30 January: Horatia born

1801 - 2 April: Battle of Copenhagen

1801 - 5 May: appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Baltic

1801 - 22 May: created Viscount Nelson of the Nile and Burnham Thorpe

1801 - 24 July: appointed Commander-in-Chief of a Squadron for the defence of the South Coast

1802 - 10 April: struck his flag. Resided at Merton

1802 - 18 April: Nelson’s father died

1803 - 6 April: Sir William Hamilton dies

1803 - 16 May: appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean

1803 - 20 May: sailed from Spithead in VICTORY

1804 - 23 April: Vice-Admiral of White Squadron

1805 - 8 February: off Alexandria

1805 - 4 April: received news of the French fleet having put to sea on 30 March

1805 - 11 May: sailed for the West Indies

1805 - 13 July: sailed for Europe

1805 - 18 July: joined Collingwood off Cadiz

1805 - 15 August: arrived at the Spithead and struck his flag and went to Merton

1805 - 2 September: Blackwood arrived at Merton with the News of the French having gone to Cadiz

1805 - 13 September: left Merton

1805 - 15 September: sailed from Spithead in VICTORY

1805 - 28 September: joined the fleet of Cadiz

1805 - 21 October: Battle of Trafalgar. Death of Nelson.

1806 - 9 January: buried in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London.








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