The Avenger of Nelson

By David Bonner Smith, published November 1936


John Pollard entered the Royal Navy as 1st Class Volunteer in 1797 and retired as a Commander on the Retired List in 1864. He is popularly credited with having ‘shot the man who shot Nelson’ despite conflicting accounts which the author of this article explores using contemporary sources. Pollard’s sword is in the collection of the National Maritime Museum.

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Filed under: Nelson | Napoleonic War | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Weapons

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