Famous British who lived in Menorca include Lord Nelson and his lover, Lady Emma Hamilton. They are rumoured to have lived in Mahon for a time in order to keep their relationships a secret from Sir William Hamilton. It is believed that their love nest was in the impressive manor house of Sant Antoni, or Golden Farm, as it is more generally known.
However an equally famous Englishman who lived in Mahon was Nelson’s right-hand man Admiral Collingwood. Collingwood took over command of the Fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar as Nelson lay mortally wounded. Collingwood's action is believed to have saved the British fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar.
Lord Collingwood lived in Mahon. he is said to have lived in a large manor house between Mahon and George Town, now renamed Es Castell. Collingwood House began life as a farm house then a manor house and today is Hotel del Almirante. With its long and illustrious pastit has a look of a museum due to its large collection of antiques.
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The story goes that Collingwood's ghost still wanders the hotel! As Collingwood actually died at sea in 1810 and his body was taken back to England and buried in St. Paul’s Cathedral, beside his friend Nelson, there is some scepticism about this story.