British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815
Picton, Thomas

By: Ron McGuigan

Picton, Thomas (24 August 1758 - 18 June 1815)

Brother of Major General John Picton.

Ensign 12th Foot 1772, Lieutenant 12th Foot 1777, Captain 75th Foot* 1778, Half-pay, Captain 12th Foot 1787, Half-pay, Captain 58th 1794, Captain 17th Foot 1794, Brevet Major 1794, Brevet Lieutenant Colonel 1794, Major 68th Foot 1795, Lieutenant Colonel 56th Foot 1796, Brevet Colonel 1801, Major General 1808. Lieutenant General Peninsula 1811, Lieutenant General 1813.

*disbanded 1783.

Early service: Gibraltar 1773-1778, Aide De Camp and Deputy Quartermaster-General West Indies 1794-1797, Military and Civil Governor Trinidad and Commandant of Tobago 1797-1803 and Brigadier General 1801. Brigade on Walcheren 1809.

Peninsular War: Commanded 3rd Division February 1810-June 1812, May-September 1813 and December 1813-April 1814. Declined appointment as commander on the East Coast of Spain 1813. Wounded Badajoz April 1812.

Other service: Commanded 5th Division Flanders 1815 and wounded at Quatre Bras. Killed in action at Waterloo 1815.

MP 1813-1815. KCB 1813. GCB 1815. Colonel of 77th Regiment 1811-1815.

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series: June 2006; updated August and November 2012

 

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