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Lady Emma Hamilton
(1761 - 1815) U.K.

Lady Hamilton

Courtesan

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Lady HamiltonBorn Amy Lyon, the daughter of a Cheshire blacksmith, she obtained employement in London, and in 1782 became the mistress of Charles Greville, and in 1786 of his uncle Sir William Hamilton, the British envoy at Naples.

Here she became also the mistress to Queen Maria Caroline of Naples, and at once became a leading figure in the society of Naples, and Hamilton married her in 1791.

After Admiral Nelson's return from the Nile in 1798, she became well known as his mistress and her daughter by him, Horatia, was born in 1801.

After the death of Hamilton and Nelson, Lady Hamilton was imprisoned for debt, but later escaped to Calais where she died in poverty.

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