Vice-Admiral Lord Collingwood, Hero of Trafalgar

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Vice-Admiral Lord Collingwood was one of the eminent men of Newcastle upon Tyne written about in a book published in 1855.

History, topography, and directory of Northumberland, comprising a general survey of the county, and a history of the town and county of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, with separate historical, statistical, and descriptive sketches of the boroughs of Gateshead and Berwick-upon-Tweed, and all the towns … wards, and manors. To which is subjoined a list of the seats of the nobility and gentry, was a book published by William Whellan & Co. in 1855.

On page 221 of that book, the life of Vice-Admiral Lord Collingwood is summarised.

Vice-Admiral Lord Collingwood, was born at Newcastle, in 1750.

He was the friend and confidant of the gallant Nelson, after whose fall at the battle of Trafalgar, Admiral Collingwood completed the victory in the most gallant style, for which conduct, November 24th, 1805, the freedom of the City of London and a sword valued at two hundred guineas, were voted to him.

The same year, the common council of Newcastle voted him a piece of plate valued at one hundred and fifty guineas, and the master and brethren of Trinity House, presented him with the freedom of that corporation in a gold box.

He also received a splended present from the Newcastle Armed Associated Voluntary Infantry, for his meritorious conduct on the same occasion.

He died off Minorca, on board the Ville de Paris, on the 7th May, 1810.

His remains were interred in St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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