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Emma Lady Hamilton
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Birth: Apr. 26, 1765
Death: Jan. 15, 1815

Mistress of Horatio, Admiral Lord Nelson. Born Emy Lyon, the daughter of a Wirral blacksmith, Henry Lyon, her father died a few weeks later so her mother Mary Lyon and Emy went to live with her grandmother in Hawarden, Flintshire. By 1778 she had moved to London to become a nursemaid to Dr Richard Budd. In 1781 she went to live with Sir Harry Fetherstonhaugh (pronounced 'Fanshaw') for 'protection' only he made her pregnant and kicked her out. The following year she and her mother moved back to London, and to a new and wealthy lover, Charles Greville. The famous society artist George Romney painted her 38 times. Charles Greville then introduced her to his uncle, Sir William Hamilton, who was Ambassador to the court at Naples, Italy. In 1786 Greville sends her to his uncle as 'a gift'. Emma becomes Sir William's mistress and in 1791 they marry in London. By now Emma has become a great beauty. She later met Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, a great national hero after his naval victories at St.Vincent and the Nile, and they soon become lovers. By 1800 Emma became preganant with Nelson's child and all three return to England where Nelson left his wife and children for Emma. Nelson seems to have lived with the Hamiltons in London. Horatia, a daughter, was born in 1801. They all bought a house at Merton Place, Surrey, and in 1803 Sir William died. By the end of the year, a second daughter, Emma, was born but mother and daughter caught chicken pox and the child died. In 1805, Nelson who by then was Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet left for battle where at Trafalgar, he died from a sniper's bullet. In his will, Nelson asked that the government protect and care for Emma and their daughter, which they failed to do. She progressively drank more and more, and generously gave her money away to hangers-on, before becoming bankrupt. By 1813, Emma was arrested for debt and spent a year in prison. On release, she and Horatia fled her debtors to Calais in Northern France where her health quickly failed and where she lived in drunken poverty. She died and was buried in the graveyard of the Eglise de St.Pierre, however during World War 1, and the large scale detruction of the town, her grave was lost. In 1994 a monument to her was erected close to where her grave would have been, in the Parc Richelieu. 
 
Burial:
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: ....as a result of war damage.
 
Created by: Paul Narramore
Record added: Sep 04, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21346834
Emma Lady Hamilton
Added by: Paul Narramore
 
 
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- Marian
 Added: Nov. 6, 2014
A stupendous life of love and adventure.
- Cherie
 Added: Aug. 30, 2014

- Cherie
 Added: Aug. 30, 2014
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