Picton Castle in Wales is the ancestral home of the Phillips family which settled in Ireland, other parts of England, and later America and Canada. The castle is now operated by the Picton Castle Trust. Read about opportunities to visit the castle and its gift shop and live plant & horticultural displays (find out where your green-thumb genes came from!). Peruse the early history of the castle, and its role in the civil war which led to the decapitation of King Charles I. And read the incredible story - how the Rebels kidnapped little Erasmus Phillips to obtain the castle's surrender - the only way it could be defeated. With photos. Page copyright Richard Ripley.