What was Lord Nelson's Title when he died at Trafalgar?

That’s it. The engravings in his crypt don’t specify.

Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, KB

(KB = Knight of the Order of Bath, awarded after his victory at the Battle of St Vincent, 1797)

Thank you SanVito.

Horatio Nelson was created a Viscount in May 1801; this is his highest rank as a British subject. He was given a wide variety of honours by other nations allied in the struggle against Napoelon, however; the highest such rank was Duke of Bronte, by the (Bourbon) King of Naples. He was also Baron Nelson of the Nile in the UK peerage, and a knight in four distinct orders of knighthood. His military rank was Vice Admiral of the White*.

  • Ostensibly the Royal Navy was divided into three squadrons, Red, White, and Blue, each of which had an Admiral, a Vice Admiral, and a Rear Admiral – these nine positions being the top nine commands in the RN. As Vice Admiral of the White, Nelson was 5th senior man in the entire RN.

Actually, that’s not quite true. Nelson was about smack-dab in the middle of the Admiral’s list, if I recall correctly. There were 18 other Vice Admirals of the White at the time.


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