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Sir Charles Preston (c. 1735 - 23 Mar 1800) was a British Major who was stationed in Canada during the American Revolutionary War.


Revolutionary War

He was ordered by Gen. Guy Carleton to delay the American advance on Montreal, and Quebec. He was in command of 662 men of the 26th Regiment, engineers, Cannadians, and Indians.[1] They held Fort St. Jean, at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, in 1775 when it came under siege by American General Richard Montgomery, and resisted multiple attacks by troops under command of Montgomery and Philip Schuyler.[2] His troops held the fort in hopes of being rescued by reinforcements for two months before surrendering[3] on the third of November 1775.[4][5]

After the War

On his return to Valleyfield, Fife, in 1784, he became Member of Parliament for Dysart, Fife, from 1784-1790. [6][7]


  1. ^ Mary Beacock Fryer (1986). Battlefields of Canada. Dundurn Press Ltd.. ISBN 9781550020076.  
  2. ^ Jaques, Tony (2007). Dictionary of Battles And Sieges: A Guide to 8,500 Battles from Antiquity through the Twenty-first Century. 3. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. p. 880-881. ISBN 978-0313335365. Retrieved October 9, 2009.  
  3. ^ A History of the American Revolution, John R. Alden. 1969: Da Capo Press, Inc. Accessed through Google Books, October 8, 2009.
  4. ^ Morrissey, Brendan. Quebec 1775: the American invasion of Canada Osprey Pub. Oxford:2003. p38. Accessed through Google Books, October 8, 2009.
  5. ^ W. J. Wood, John S. D. Eisenhower (2003). Battles of the Revolutionary War: 1775-1781. Da Capo Press. ISBN 9780306813290.  
  6. ^ "Preston", Scottish Crests
  7. ^ "Po-Py", Baronetage

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