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Battle of Copenhagen, 2 April 1801.

April 2

Dear Nelson Society Member, Battle of Copenhagen, 2 April 1801.

I refer to the email to members circulated by Jeannette Ryder late last year on my behalf, and which has now been printed in the Autumn 2016 Nelson Dispatch, about the holding of an annual Battle of Copenhagen Lunch.

To update members, I can now confirm that we intend to start with a visit to Edinburgh for lunch on Monday 2 April 2018 (a Bank Holiday).

The Nelson Monument in Edinburgh is perched high on Calton Hill to the east of the City Centre (note the article by Ronald Kane in The Nelson Dispatch, Autumn 2016, pp. 488-9, ‘The Nelson Monument, Calton Hill, Edinburgh’,) and there is also a monument in Glasgow which may be of interest and worth a visit at the same time by members (note the photos on p. 502 in The Nelson Dispatch Autumn 2016.

It is hoped that the Battle of Copenhagen will be marked each year from 2018 by a visit to a different town or city which has a connection or monument to Nelson, with those present at the lunch in 2018 agreeing the location for the 2019 Lunch/Dinner.

In order for myself and Ronnie Kane, Secretary for Scotland and the North East Regional Group, to make the appropriate arrangements, it would be necessary to have some idea of members’ interest for when we visit Edinburgh in late Spring to talk to a number of hotels.

I am pleased to say that as a result of my initial email we already have a number of members who have indicated they would like to attend this event and, although April 2018 may appear a long way away, I have asked that this notice be circulated to see if there is any further interest.

So that I can make direct contact in the future with members who are interested, the Society has agreed that this notice will be sent to you via Jeanette to comply with the Data Protection Act. At this stage we are only looking for expressions of interest in order to give us an idea of the number of hotel rooms that will be required.

If you have already provided your details, then I have a note of these and it is not necessary to contact me again. If you would like to be kept informed of progress, please confirm to Jeanette that I can have your email address and I will be in contact in due course.


Brian Gibbs. Tel 01246 203924.


April 2