Born: Au­gust 7, 1823, Brick­worth House, White­parish, Wilt­shire, Eng­land (birth name: Ho­ra­tio Bol­ton).

Died: March 1, 1913, Tra­fal­gar House, Down­ton, England (near Sal­is­bu­ry).

Buried: In the fa­mi­ly cha­pel be­low Tra­fal­gar House.


Horatio was the son of Tho­mas Bol­ton of Burn­ham, Nor­folk, and grand-nephew of the fa­mous Ad­mir­al Nel­son. He as­sumed his name on suc­ceed­ing to the ti­tle of 3rd Earl Nel­son, No­vem­ber 1, 1835.

He was edu­cat­ed at Eton and Tri­ni­ty Col­lege, Cam­bridge (MA 1844).


In 1857, he ed­it­ed the Sal­is­bury Hymn-Book. He was as­sist­ed in this work by John Ke­ble, who re-wrote some of the old­er hymns and trans­lat­ed oth­ers from the La­tin. This col­lect­ion was re­worked and pub­lished as the Sa­rum Hym­nal in 1868, James Wood­ford and Ed­ward Day­man help­ing with the ef­fort.

Nelson’s oth­er works in­clude:



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