Frieze from General Picton's Monument

Contributed by Carmarthenshire County Museum

Frieze from the Picton Monument. General Picton was killed at the Battle of Waterloo.©Carmarthenshire County Museum

General Sir Thomas Picton became a British hero, following his death in 1815 at the Battle of WaterlooA monument to General Picton was completed in Carmarthen in 1827. It was designed by John Nash with decoration by E. H. Bailey. This frieze shows Picton's death at Waterloo. He is shown falling in battle, while the Duke of Wellington looks on. Thomas Picton was from Wales. He was commissioned into the British army in 1771. In 1797 he became Governor of the Caribbean island of Trinidad. Picton enforced rough justice on the island and achieved notoriety in Britain when he was charged with torturing a young girl. He was later acquitted. His achievements as one of Wellington's commanders during the Spansish Peninsular campaign helped restore his reputation. Although wounded at Quartre Bras, two days before, he still led his men into battle on 18th June 1815. He became a national hero following his death.

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