of Britain's foremost authorities on the life of Admiral
Lord Nelson, Anna Tribe and Andrew Helme, were guests of
honour at a Commemorative Lunch, held at Pengethley Manor
on Tuesday, 26th April. The event was quite unique, involving
strong local connections. Anna, who lives in Raglan, is
the eldest descendant of Admiral Lord Nelson and Lady Emma
Hamilton, their daughter Horatia being her great, great
grandmother. Andrew is Curator of the 'Nelson Museum' in
Monmouth, which was the first ever museum to display Nelson
artefacts and memorabilia.
in the lunch event was sparked with this year seeing the
200th anniversary of Lord Nelson's death at sea during England's
famous victory over Napoleon Bonaparte and his Spanish allies.
Lord Nelson visited the Wye Valley in 1802, taking a scenic
cruise along the River Wye from Ross-on-Wye to Monmouth.
Along with the Lake District, the Wye Valley was just coming
into its own as a tourist attraction at the time. This was
the reason Lord Nelson, along with Lady Hamilton and her
husband, Sir William came to Ross, visiting Merton House
whilst in town. They were actually en route for Pembrokeshire.
his most interesting pre-lunch talk, which included a slide
show, Andrew passed around a 'figure of eight' cutlass,
explaining that this was standard issue to ships' boarding
parties during battle. He also passed around an eight pound
cannon ball for guests to handle and gave a fine demonstration
of the 'talking trumpet', explaining that,
as mobile phones were not available at the time, the 'talking
trumpet' was an aid used for issuing commands or communicating
with other ships.
the excellent three course lunch, Anna spoke of some of
the exciting adventures on which she has recently embarked,
including a Caribbean 'Nelson Cruise' on the 'Oceana'. Along
with Jo Calo and Martin Downer, author of 'Nelson's Purse,'
Anna and a friend were invited to take the cruise in exchange
for giving two lectures and taking part in a 'Question and
lunch, Anna told the dramatic story of Nelson's relationship
with Emma Hamilton and what happened to Emma and their daughter
Horatia after Nelson's death. Anna also traced the family
line and fortunes from her great, great grandmother Horatia
to the present, including the latest addition to the family,
Emma, her grandchild.