Sir Thomas Picton
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Military hero Sir Thomas Picton 'tyrant of Trinidad'

History is written - and sometimes rewritten - by the victors, which is arguably why we find the likes of General Sir Thomas Picton being lionised.

He gives his name to the local comprehensive in Haverfordwest and is one of the people honoured as a 'hero of Wales' in the marble hall of Cardiff's City Hall.

However, his record was far from unblemished.

Pembrokeshire writer Brian John's new novel focuses on the way in which he ruled the island of Trinidad during his time as governor, describing him as a tyrant.

  • 08 Apr 2012