George Vesian Pic
Regiment: North Staffordshire Regiment
Other Info: A note appeared in the Hastings and St Leonards Observer last Saturday; “Few people in Hastings realised, and perhaps not his brother officers in the North Staffords, that an officer that has just left the regiment for another post was the chief representative if the illustrious and sovereign house of Pic de la Mirandole, Princes of Mirandole, and seigneuers of Blaye. Captain Vesian Pic, of the 89th Regiment, an Indian Officer, is of Huguenot descent, and in him it may be said that Great Britain and France are truly allied. His great grandfather waas the Rev John Pic M. A., vicar of Johnstown, who himself was a brother of Sir Vesian Pic C.B., who so ably controlled the fortifications of the south-west of Ireland when threatened with invasion in 1797/98. The two sons of Sir Vesian were both killed on active service, one in Alexandria in 1801 and the other in the West Indies. The present representative served in the successful war in Ashanti in 1900 and was invalided home at the close of hostilities.
In his spare time he has taken a keen interest in literary work, and has published several books, including a fine historical drama, which was produced in Manchester and other towns. It is scarcely necessary to add that it was this family that produced the great scholar of the middle ages, namely Jean Pic who was named by the great Politian as “Phoenix de Genie”.
Published: January 1915
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