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A tribute to Lt Gen Sir Thomas Picton by Richard Tennant BCMH

Date added: 30 Jul 2016

Footnote :

Attire of Sir Thomas Picton

“He generally wore a blue frock-coat, very tightly buttoned up to the throat; a very large black silk neckcloth, showing little or no shirt-collar; dark trousers, boots and a round top hat.”

It was in this very attire that he would fight at Quatre Bras and Waterloo, having been obliged to hurry to the scene of action before his uniform arrived.

It should be noted that both Sir Thomas Picton and the Duke of Wellington never fought in uniform throughout the Peninsular War or the Waterloo campaign – they ‘kept it for best’ like parades, receptions, etc.

The Duke of Wellington was always dressed in ‘civilian’ clothes. He generally wore a plain blue frock coat with mixed coloured trousers or white buckskin breeches; at his neck would be a white cravat, fastened at the back with a silver buckle. Over this he would wear a cloak of blue or light grey, depending on the season.

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