In Sydney lord Nelson is a famous pub. In the old city of Stockholm with its narrow alleyways and jazz lifestyle, two of the famous old hotels are the Lord Nelson and the Lady Hamilton, not too far apart and probably as close as they have been for 210 years, since the unfortunate demise of Horatio Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar.
Nelson himself is remembered much more widely, from Nelson’s Column in the appropriately named Trafalgar Square in London to the famed ‘pub’ in Woollahra in Sydney, the Lord Nelson, where for many years the street outside was filled with the overflow of drinkers enjoying great pub jazz.
The Most Noble 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 Bronté in the Kingdom of 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, was born on this day, 29 September 1758.
His memory as possibly the greatest naval admiral for the British, is matched by some quizzical events in his admirable life. His love affair with the gorgeous and vivacious Emma Hamilton, the Lady Hamilton, the menage à trois involving her doting husband, Lord Hamilton, that ranged from Napoli to London, did not dim his fame with the British.
For the less respectful, some of his final words after being shot at the turning point of the Battle of Trafalgar, have immortality. The true meaning behind ‘Kiss me Hardy’ is unknown.
A great military tactician, an unashamed lover, and a man for his King and country, adored by sailors of the Royal Navy, respected by allies and enemies, Horatio Nelson.