Chronology of Nelson's Life
A chronology of the life of Nelson, including important events of the time.
June to September
February to April
October to January
November to March
July and August
January to August
April to May
March and April
Horatio Nelson born the sixth son of the Nelson family in Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk.
Nelson's mother, Catherine Nelson, dies.
Tension between Britain and Spain over the Fawkland Islands.
Nelson entered into the ship's books on his uncle's 64-gun ship Raisonnable.
Joins HMS Raisonnable.
Transfers to the 74-gun, Thames guard ship, Triumph.
Sails to West Indies in a merchant ship.
Returns to the Triumph.
Takes part in expedition in the Arctic, aboard the bomb vessel Carcass.
Joins HMS Seahorse as a midshipman and sails to the East Indies.
Invalided from his ship with Malaria.
American War of Independence begins.
Returns to England.
Appointed to HMS Worcester (64).
Passes lieutenants exam.
Appointed to the frigate Lowestoffe (32).
Arrives in Port Royal, Jamaica.
France allies with American rebels against Britain.
Nelson's uncle, Capt. Maurice Suckling dies.
Appointed first lieutenant of HMS Bristol.
Appointed Commander of the sloop Badger.
Promoted to post-captain and given command of the frigate Hinchinbrook.
Spain and France ally against Britain.
Takes part in San Juan expedition
Given command of frigate Janus, but too ill to join his ship.
Arrives at Portsmouth.
Appointed to frigate Albermarle.
Escorts Baltic convoy.
Cornwallis surrenders to Washington at Yorktown.
Sails to Quebec.
Joins Lord Hood's squadron off New York and goes back to the West Indies.
Fails to take Turks Island
Returns to England.
American War of Independence Ends.
Takes command of frigate Boreas and heads to the West Indies.
Arrives at Antigua, and meets Mary Moutray.
Mary Moutray and her family set off to England.
Meets Frances Nisbet on the Island of Nevis.
Acts as aide-de-camp to Prince William Henry.
Marries Frances Nisbet at Nevis.
Sails for England
Trial of James Carse for murder.
Unemployment and Half Pay.
French Revolution begins.
King Louis XVI of France beheaded.
Appointed to command HMS Agememnon.
Joins the Agememnon.
Sails for Mediterranean.
Occupation of Toulon.
Visits Naples and meets Sir William Hamilton and his wife, Emma.
Action with French frigates.
Toulon recaptured by the French.
Campaign in Corsica
Nelson his injured in his right eye.
Action with the Ca Ira.
Admiral Jervis succeeds Lord Hood as Commander-in-Chief in the Mediterranean.
Nelson is appointed Commodore.
Joins the Captain.
Leaves the Mediterranean.
Battle of Cape St. Vincent.
Promoted to Rear-Admiral and created Knight of Bath.
Hoists flag in Theseus, then returns home.
Mutinies in Royal Navy ships at Spithead and the Nore.
Boat actions off Cadiz.
Attack on Santa Cruz. Nelson loses his right arm.
Battle of Camperdown.
Hoists flag in Vanguard and joins Lord St. Vincent's fleet off Cadiz.
Searches for French fleet in the Mediterranean.
Battle of the Nile.
Arrives at Naples.
Turkey and Russia declare war on France.
Created Baron Nelson of the Nile.
King Ferdinand and Marshal Mack take Rome.
Ferdinand and Mack routed by the French.
Nelson rescues Neapolitan royal family and the Hamiltons from Naples and takes them to Palermo.