SM9515 : Birthplace of "Wellington's Welsh general"

taken 11 years ago, near to Haverfordwest/Hwlffordd, Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro, Great Britain

Birthplace of  "Wellington's Welsh general"
Birthplace of "Wellington's Welsh general"
Possibly Haverfordwest's most illustrious son, the future General Sir Thomas Picton, MP for Pembroke, was born here in 1748. Following family tradition he joined the army at 13 and eventually became governor of Trinidad where he blotted his copybook by acceding to the judicial torture of a 14 year old mulatto [sic] girl: she was forced to stand on sharp spikes, a sadistic practise subsequently known as 'pictoning'. He was forced to resign and face trial in London leaving behind his own local woman-of-colour and their 4 children who he never saw again. He was eventually exonerated and managed to redeem himself in the Napoleonic wars, taking part in several campaigns in France and the Iberian peninsula from 1809 until 1815 when he fell in the battle of Waterloo. His remains are buried at St George's Hanover Square and he has a monument in St Paul's Cathedral.
It is only in recent years that his unsavoury back story has become better known. The BBC TV series of historical legal dramas, Garrow's Law, focused one episode on the case and local author Brian John has used elements of Picton's story in the plot of his 2012 novel Conspiracy of Angels.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 27 January, 2007   (more nearby)
Monday, 29 January, 2007
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SM 952 153 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:47.9306N 4:58.2762W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SM 951 153
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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