Nelsons Funeral Cortège featured Conductors

Transcribed extract from  The Times of 10th January 1806, reporting Nelsons Funeral

Submitted by Bob White, Dec 07.  British Library Image of the Times

The article was the first to use illustrations, two of which were the coffin details and the funeral carriage.

In St. James’s Park were drawn up all the regiments of Cavalry and Infantry, quartered within one hundred miles of London, who had served in the glorious campaigns in Egypt, after the ever-memorable Victory at the Nile; and a detachment of flying artillery, with twelve field pieces, and their ammunition tumbrils. At half past ten, the Procession commenced from the Admiralty, with the march of the several regiments, led by his Royal Highness the Duke of York, attended by his Aides-de-Camp and Staff, in the following order:

A detachment of the 10th Light Dragoons. Four Companies of the 42d Highlanders.

The band of the Old Buffs playing Rule Britannia, drums Muffled.

The 92d Regiment, in sections, their colours honourably shuttered in the campaign of Egypt, which word was inscribed upon them, borne in the centre, and hung with crape.

The remaining Companies of the 42nd, preceded by their national pipes, playing the dead march in Saul.

The 21st and 31lst Regiments, with their bands playing as before. Remainder of the 10th Light Dragoons: trumpets sounding at intervals, a solemn dirge.

Eleventh Dragoons. Scots Greys, preceded by six Trumpeters sounding the Dead March.

Detachment of Flying Artillery, with twelve field pieces and tumbrils.

Six Marshalmen, on foot, to clear the way, Messenger of the College of Arms, in a mourning coach, with a badge of the College on his left shoulder, his staff tipped with silver, and furled with sarsnet.

Six Conductors, in mourning cloaks, with black staves headed with Viscounts coronets.

Forty-eight Pensioners from Greenwich Hospital, two and two, in mourning cloaks, with badges of the crests of the deceased on their shoulders, and black staves in their hands.

Twelve Marines and Forty-eight Seamen of his Majesty’s ship the Victory two and two, in their ordinary dress, with black neck handkerchiefs and stockings, and crape in their hats. Watermen of the deceased, in black coats, with their badges. Drums and Fifes, Drum Major*

Trumpets. Serjeant Trumpeter.

Rouge Croix Pursuivant of Arms (alone in a mourning coach) in close mourning, with his tabard over his cloak black silk scarf, hatband and gloves.

The Standard borne in front of a mourning coach, in which was a Captain of the Royal Navy, supported by two lieutenants, in their full uniform coats, with black cloth waistcoats, breeches, and black stockings, and crape round their arms and hats.


Blue Mantle Pursuivant of Arms (alone in a mourning coach), habited as Rouge Croix.

The Guidon borne in front of a mourning coach, in which was a Captain of the Royal Navy, supported by two Lieutenants, dressed as those who bore and supported the Standard. Servants of the deceased, in mourning, in a mourning coach. Officers of his Majesty’s Wardrobe, in mourning coaches.



Deputation from the Great Commercial Companies of London. Physicians of the deceased, in a mourning coach.

Divines, in clerical habits.

Chaplains of the deceased, in clerical habits, and Secretary of the deceased, in a mourning coach.


Rouge Dragon, Pursuivant of Arms (alone, in mourning black), habited as Blue Mantle.

The Banner of the deceased as a Knight of the BATH, borne in front of a mourning coach, in which were a Captain of the Royal Navy, supported by two lieutenants, dressed as those who bore and supported the Guidon.

Officers who attended the Body while it lay in state at Greenwich, in mourning coaches.

Knights Bachelors.

Masters in Chancery and Serjeants at Law.

Solicitor General and Attorney-General.

Prime Serjeant.

Some Definitions: Cortege

Tumbrils A 2 Wheeled cart, in this context the ammunition cart associated with the field gun.
Sarsnet A fabric net or gauze
Serjeant Original or Replacement for ‘Sergeant’ still used in the Guards
Pursuivant A functionary of lower rank than a herald, but discharging similar duties; — called also pursuivant at arms; an attendant of the heralds.
Guidon A small flag or streamer, as that carried by cavalry, which is broad at one end and nearly pointed at the other, or that used to direct the movements of a body of infantry, or to make signals at sea; also, the flag of a guild or fraternity

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