Welcome to the Emma Hamilton Society website:
a one stop shop for positive, but factual information about Dame Emma Hamilton, news, events, reading and a portrait gallery.
Welcome to the NEW Emma Hamilton Society website!
Emma Hamilton’s Arms
Emma Hamilton Society is excited to have been granted permission by the College of Arms to display Emma’s arms (pictured right) on this website.
The arms were granted to Emma in November 1806 and include a two page explanation, unprecedented for a woman.
Visit our Shoebox page to read the full story and transcription of the explanation in the College of Arms’ grants book.
Image © College of arms
College of Arms MS Grants 24, p. 73. Reproduced by permission of the Kings, Heralds and Pursuivants of Arms.
Emma Hamilton Society aims to provide positive and deserved press to Dame Emma Hamilton (her correct title is Dame as she was awarded the Maltese Cross, which made a Dame of Malta) who, we feel, has been unfairly maligned because of prevailing sexism and snobbery: she had unwedded relationships (but not promiscuously) and spoke with a common accent.
These trivialities have clouded public opinion against acknowledging her outstanding personal achievements. Emma Hamilton was much, much more than a pretty-faced chancer (Her Unsung Achievements and Her Story explain why).
We wish to set her record straight.
Our Close Relationship with The 1805 Club
Emma Hamilton Society has been closely involved with The 1805 Club at all points of its development. The 1805 Club has worked to commemorate Emma, Lady Hamilton in many ways over the years and has, amongst other things, raised a monument Emma in Calais near the site of her lost grave and collaborated with Burton and Neston History Society and Neston Town Council to erect a second one near the site of her birth in Ness, Cheshire. The 1805 Club also organised the celebrations for Emma's 250th and 252nd birthdays in her birth town of Neston, Cheshire; introduced the Emma Hamilton toast and have given lectures about her. With The 1805 Club being in such strong concordance with our aims, our two societies look forward to continued close links.
With thanks to the following organisations and individuals who have generously offered support and copyright permission for image use:
The National Maritime Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, Philip Mould & Co, Web Gallery of Art, The Frick Collection, National Museums Liverpool, The National Museum Royal Navy, English Heritage.
Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
Peter Warwick, Chairman, The 1805 Club.
Dr Quintin Colville, Curator of Naval History at the National Maritime Museum, and Curator of Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity.
Julie Peakman, author Emma Hamilton, Haus Publishing, 2005.
Kate Williams, author England's Mistress, The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton, Hutchinson London, 2006.
Burton and Neston History Society who recently teamed up with 1805 Club and Neston Town Council to erect the only current UK monument to Emma, near the site of her birth.
Website and project conceived of, designed and developed by Lily Style.
About the Founder
My name is Lily Style. I am the 4th great-granddaughter of Emma Hamilton & Lord Nelson, and also Emma's enduringly loyal friends, George and Catherine Matcham (of whom Catherine, or Kitty, was Lord Nelson's sister). My line came into being after Emma and Nelson's grandson, Lt Col William George Ward, married George and Kitty Matcham's granddaughter Catherine Blanckley.
I have a passion for history and genealogy and am thoroughly enjoying researching my ancestors, both well known and obscure.
You can see mine and my Tribe cousins’ simplified family trees and a few old, family photos here.