Lieutenant General Richard Prescott (1725–1788) was a British officer, born in England.
He was appointed a major of the 33rd Regiment of Foot, on 20 December 1756, transferred to the 72nd Regiment of Foot on 9 May 1758, and on 14 December 1761, lieutenant-colonel of the 17th Regiment of Foot, before in May 1762, transferring to the 50th Regiment of Foot, with which regiment he served in the Holy Roman Empire during the Seven Years' War.
He afterward transferred to the 7th Regiment of Foot before he was brevetted colonel in the army on 25 June 1772, before he went to Canada in 1773. On the reduction of Montreal by the Americans in 1775, Colonel Prescott, who had the local rank of brigadier-general, attempted to descend to Quebec with the British troops and the military stores, but was obliged to surrender to the Americans on 17 November. In September, 1776, he was exchang…Read more on Wikipedia