Birth of Horatio Nelson

Nelson was born on 29 September 1758.

Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson, by Lemuel Francis Abbott.

The most revered hero in the history of the Royal Navy grew up in the North Norfolk countryside, where his father, Edmund Nelson, was the rector of Burnham Thorpe. His mother, Catherine Suckling, was the daughter of a London clergyman. He was their fourth surviving child and his mother had brought the family some useful connections. Catherine Suckling's grandmother was a sister of Sir Robert Walpole, George II's prime minister, and the name Horatio came from Horatio, second Lord Walpole, the new baby's godfather.

Meanwhile, Catherine Suckling’s eldest brother Maurice was making an exciting career in the navy. It was news of his exploits that inspired his physically frail, but lively-minded, nephew.

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