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William Nelson, 1st Earl Nelson, 2nd Duke of Bronté (20 April 1757–28 February 1835) was the elder brother of Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson.

He succeeded by a special remainder, which included his father's and sister's male issue, to one of his younger brother's baronies (Baron Nelson, of the Nile and of Hilborough in the County of Norfolk, created in 1801) on the latter's death at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805, as well as to the Dukedom of Bronte in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. A month later, on 20 November 1805, in honour of his late brother's achievements, he was created Earl Nelson and Viscount Merton, both of Trafalgar and of Merton in the County of Surrey, again with a special remainder including the male issue of his sisters. He died without surviving male issue, and all his British titles passed to Thomas Bolton, the son of his sister Susannah, while the Italian dukedom passed to his daughter Charlotte, Lady Bridport.

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
New creation
Earl Nelson
(of Trafalgar and of Merton)

1805–1835
Succeeded by
Thomas Nelson
Viscount Merton
(of Trafalgar and of Merton)

1805–1835
Preceded by
Horatio Nelson
Baron Nelson
(of the Nile and of Hillborough)

1805–1835
Titles of nobility
Preceded by
Horatio Nelson
Duke of Bronté
(in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies)

1805–1835
Succeeded by
Charlotte Mary Nelson

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