Royal Navy Uniforms: Lord Nelson

Lord Nelson was considered a hero during his lifetime, and his personal effects “attained the status of relics” while he was alive. For this reason, many of them survive to this day, including the clothing in which he died.

Bicorne Hat (Pattern 1801)

Hat worn by Nelson during the Battle of Copenhagen.

Rear-Admiral's Undress Coat (Pattern 1795-1812)

A rear-admiral’s undress wool coat worn by Lord Nelson at the Battle of the Nile.

Vice-Admiral's Full Dress Coat (Pattern 1795-1812)

Nelson's full dress coat of blue wool lined with white silk twill.

Trafalgar Breeches (Pattern 1795)

Breeches worn by Nelson (1758-1805) at the Battle of Trafalgar.

Trafalgar Stockings (Non-Regulation)

Stockings worn by Nelson during the Battle of Trafalgar. The blood is probably that of his secretary, John Scott.

Trafalgar Undershirt (Non-Regulation)

Undershirt made of lightweight cream-coloured wool flannel belonging to Horatio Nelson.

Trafalgar Waistcoat (Non-Regulation)

Non-regulation cotton marcella waistcoat worn by Nelson during the Battle of Trafalgar. The left shoulder is heavily blood-stained from the wound in Nelson’s shoulder.

Trafalgar Coat (Pattern 1795-1812)

The coat Nelson was wearing when he received his fatal injury during the Battle of Trafalgar. The hole left by the fatal musket ball can be seen on the left shoulder close to the epaulette damaged by the same shot.

All images and background information courtesy of The National Maritime Museum unless otherwise noted.

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