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Emma Hamilton (Lyon)

Also Known As: "Emma Lady Hamilton", "Emma Hart", "Amy Lyon", "Emy Lyon", "Dame Emma Hamilton"
Birthdate: (49)
Birthplace: Ness, Little Neston, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: January 15, 1815 (49)
Calais, Département du Pas-de-Calais, France (Amoebic dysentery)
Place of Burial: Calais, Pas-de-Calais, Hauts-de-France, France
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Henry Lyon and Mary Cadogan
Wife of Sir William Hamilton, Kt.
Partner of Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, KB
Mother of Emma Carew; Horatia Nelson Ward and Emma? Hamilton, Thompson or Nelson

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About Emma Hamilton

Note: Relationships with other people must only be created from very reliable sources, and only where there is proof. Much speculation has been written about other offspring, notably one about a son born at sea and adopted by a Thomas Spencer (named Horatio William Spencer), but this is unverified (see here for discussion) and will not be added to Geni.

Name: Emy Lyon
Event Type: Christening
Event Date: 12 May 1765
Event Place: Neston, Cheshire, England
Gender: Female
Father's Name: Henry Lyon
Mother's Name: Mary
"England, Cheshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1598-1900," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Emy Lyon, 12 May 1765, Christening; citing item 1, Neston, Cheshire, England, Record Office, Chester; FHL microfilm 1,836,386.
NOTE: On the register itself, the name looks like "Emy", but Emma herself always claimed it was Amy, a common name in the Kidd family. Born in her illiterate father the blacksmith's home, it was a tall building, known as Swan Cottage, which still stands.
There are many sources of information about Emma Hamilton available both online and in books. A few links and basic information are given below for reference.
Many sources state that she had liasons with Sir Henry Fetherstonhaugh, MP, 2nd Baronet and afterwards, Charles Francis Greville. Sir Harry fathered her first daughter, Emma Carew, but rejected her when she was pregnant. Greville then proposed that she live with him, on condition that the child be fostered out. Later, intending and needing to find a rich wife for himself, he engineered the liaison between Emma and his uncle, Sir William Hamilton.
Wikipedia entry for Emma, Lady Hamilton
Dame Emma Hamilton (26 April 1765; baptised 12 May 1765 – 15 January 1815), generally known as Lady Hamilton, was an English model and actress, who is best remembered as the mistress of Lord Nelson and as the muse of the portrait artist, George Romney.
She was born Amy Lyon in Ness near Neston, Cheshire, England, the daughter of Henry Lyon, a blacksmith who died when she was two months old. She was raised by her mother, the former Mary Kidd, at Hawarden, and received no formal education. She later changed her name to Emma Hart.

[Introductory paragraphs from the Wikipedia entry as at March 2018. Please do not copy the whole entry here, as Wikipedia is constantly edited and citations improved, and the current version includes some poorly referenced and unreliable "facts" about Emma's life.]

Wikipedia also gives a list of sources and external links.

Other Sources

England's Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton, by Kate Williams (2007).

Beloved Emma: the Life of Emma Lady Hamilton, by Flora Fraser (2004, 2013).

Emma, Lady Hamilton; a biographical essay with a catalogue of her published portraits, by J.T. Herbert Bailey (1905) - full text.

Historic UK - Emma Lady Hamilton by Ben Johnson

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Emma Hamilton's Timeline

April 26, 1765
Little Neston, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
May 12, 1765
Neston, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 16
City of Westminster, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
January 29, 1801
Age 35
Mayfair, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
January 1804
Age 38
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom