The Rev Edmund N.Nelson, Rector of Burnham Thorpe and his wife, Catherine (daughter of Dr Suckling) on  29th September 1758, had their sixth child and fifth son. He must of been in poor health because on the 9th October they had him privately baptised. The offical christening took place on the 15th November when the second Baron Walpole acted as godfather, the baby was named Horatio Nelson.

 Rev Edmund and Catherine Nelson

Horatio's early years were happy with two loving parents who were comfortably off but he was very fond of his mother, she died when he was nine and he never got over her death . Horatio went to school at Norwich, Downham Market and Paston Grammer School, North Walsham.

 Childhood home of Nelson, at Burnham Thorpe

When Horatio was twelve he was put into the care of his fathers brother-in-law Maurice Suckling because his father found it hard to bring up the now eight children.

Maurice Suckling was a naval officer who had fought with distinction in the Seven Years war, Horatio was pleased with this move and he joined Suckling's ship the Raisonnable in March 1771, it had 64 guns.

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