Prescott Sir Robert 1725-1816 Born In Lancashire England
Educated for the army. Promoted captain of the 15th Foot, 1755; served
in the expeditions against Rochefort, 1757, and Louisbourg, 1758.
Aide-de-camp to Amherst, 1759; afterwards served under Wolfe in Canada.
Promoted major, 1761; lieutenant-colonel, 1762. During the American
Revolution, 1775, took part in the battle of Long Island, and at the
attack on Fort Washington; engaged in the expedition against
77; promoted brevet-colonel, and took part in the battle
of Brandywine; promoted colonel, 1780; major-general, 1781;
lieutenant-general, 1793. Sent in 1794 to Martinique, which he reduced.
On April 10, 1796, appointed governor of Canada in succession to Lord
Dorchester, who was recalled. In that year the fortifications at Quebec
were greatly strengthened under his direction. In 1797 also appointed
governor of Nova Scotia and of New Brunswick. Held all three positions
until his recall to England, 1799. =Index=: (General Brock era) Succeeds Dorchester as
governor of Canada, 38. (Lord Dorchester era) Succeeds Dorchester as governor, 303.