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15th May 2009, 12:27pm
Lord Nelson and his mistress – by their great, great granddaughter
Statue of Lord Nelson A direct descendent of Admiral Lord Nelson will reveal the story of the relationship between the British military hero and his mistress in a special guest lecture at the University of Lincoln.

Anna Tribe (nee Somerset) is the great, great granddaughter of Lord Nelson and his lover, Lady Emma Hamilton.

Mrs Tribe (74), Vice-President of both the Nelson Society and the 1805 Club, will deliver a talk entitled Nelson and Emma in the University’s EMMTEC building on Tuesday 19 May. Admission is free but people must register their interest as places are limited.

The lecture will explore the early lives of Nelson and Emma, building to their first meeting in Naples after the Battle of the Nile, when Emma was married to Sir William Hamilton, the British Ambassador. It will then shed light on the affair between Nelson and Emma, the birth of their daughter, Horatia, and their brief time together in England with Sir William, culminating in the death of Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Mrs Tribe has spoken at seminars in Hamburg and at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. She has lectured to organisations across the country and took part in the Channel 4 television documentary Nelson’s Trafalgar and other programmes marking the Trafalgar bicentennial year of 2005.

Born in London and educated at Haberdasher’s School for Girls Monmouth, she now lives in Monmouthshire in South East Wales and is the President of the Raglan Local History Group. She has a great interest in family history, especially her own, and takes parties around Raglan Castle, which was the family home until 1646. Her cousin, the Duke of Beaufort, head of the Somerset family, is still its hereditary keeper.

Anna Tribe’s guest lecture, Nelson and Emma, takes place at 6pm on Tuesday 19 May in the EMMTEC building on the University of Lincoln’s Brayford campus. Registration is at 5.30pm and refreshments are at 7.15pm. There is no charge to attend this event but people wishing to attend should register by emailing or telephoning (01522) 837100 as places are limited.

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