20th December 1800 - Nelson given freedom of Salisbury


On 20th of December 1800 Lord Nelson came to Salisbury to receive the Freedom of the City ‘recognition of his illustrious deeds in the service of his country[1]’.

Nelson had only recently arrived back in England - he’d landed at Great Yarmouth on 6th November. The Dictionary of National Biography say that his reputation was beginning to suffer from his relationship with Lady Hamilton. It says:

Much of the reputation Nelson had won at the Nile had now faded in the recollections of those who had heard of Palermo[2] or had encountered him with the Hamiltons. He appeared at court covered with foreign decorations which he did not yet have permission to wear, and was pained to be received coldly by that most faithful of husbands, George III. In the upper reaches of society many followed the king’s example[3].

Nelson went back to sea in the following March.

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Lemuel Francis Abbott [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


[1] The Popular History Of Old & New Sarum. T. J. Northy, Published by the Wiltshire County Mirror & Express Co. Ltd., 1897. Available digitally on the Internet Archive - URL: https://archive.org/stream/popularhistoryof00nort/popularhistoryof00nort_djvu.txt

[2] Palermo saw the blossoming of the relationship with Lady H. The DNB says that ‘Officers who admired and loved him were appalled to see him enslaved to Emma Hamilton, heedless of his reputation and duty.’

[3] N. A. M. Rodger, ‘Nelson, Horatio, Viscount Nelson (1758–1805)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2009 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/19877?docPos=3, accessed 12 Dec 2013]