Young Admiral Nelson, Horatio Nelson as a young man, before he became one of Britain's greatest heroes. Courtesy Visit Greenwich, CC Att Generic 2.0 License.

Nelson’s widow died a week after Wellington’s wife

In looking up something quite unrelated, I noticed two interesting entries within a few lines of each other on page 188 of The Asiatic Journal and Monthly Miscellany, Volume 5, from 1831. “DEATHS “April 24, At Apsley House, after a lingering illness, the Duchess of Wellington. … “[May 4], At her house in Harley Street, in her Continue reading


Red Lion Square by Jo Wilkinson

Red Lion Square: Cromwell, a most unusual name, reforming prostitutes, Pre-Raphaelites, and more

It’s time to take a closer look at Red Lion Square. It has more than its share of ghosts and stories. Red Lion Square with Jo Wilkinson My heritage hot spot is one of London’s garden squares. It may not have the elegance of Bedford Square or the fountains of Russell Square but it is Continue reading


Admiral Nelson's illnesses and injuries

Admiral Nelson’s injuries weren’t his worst problem

In the 1700s when Admiral Nelson was in the Royal Navy, illness, not injury, was his main problem. Although he died from an injury, he was close to death with illness several times. The information below comes from the Nelson Museum at Great Yarmouth in Norfolk.


H4 Marine Chronometer, the clock that changed the world of navigation. Courtesy David Brossard, CC Att SA Gen 2.0 license

Admiral Nelson and the man whose chronometer changed the world

On Horatio Nelson’s first trip to London he may very well have met the man who invented a clock, better called a marine chronometer, that changed navigation forever. Did they meet? I’ll set it out and you decide. Why Nelson came to London at age 12 Horatio Nelson was born in Norfolk on September 29, Continue reading


Young Admiral Nelson, Horatio Nelson as a young man, before he became one of Britain's greatest heroes. Courtesy Visit Greenwich, CC Att Generic 2.0 License.

How scary it is to write about Admiral Nelson

Writing anything about one of Britain’s greatest all-time heroes, Admiral Nelson, is more than a bit daunting. I’m not an expert about Admiral Nelson I will never be an expert on Admiral Nelson, not even close. In reading various things by and about him, I keep seeing opportunities for errors disagreements violent disagreements. The Battle of Continue reading