Thomas Prescott

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birthc.1718ADM107/3
First Known Service3.2.1734/35ref:849
WifeCatherine Lort - Married 7.2.1771 - Holy Trinity, Gosport ref:719
Last Known Service1763ref:849
Date of Death1808 - Southampton ref:849
Burial17.11.1808 - Holy Rood Church, Southampton ref:849

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
6.10.1741 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/3/448RNLPC
3.6.1743 Lieutenant ADM 6/16/411CSORN
12.12.175922.7.1761Cambridge (80), First Lieutenant ADM 6/19/118ref:849
22.7.1761 Commander ADM 6/19/337CSORN
22.7.176131.8.1761Port Antonio (12), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/337ADM 6/19
22.7.17611763Port Royal (12), Commander and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
6.6.176213.8.1762Operations against Havana 

Notes on Officer

Notice of deathref:851

At Southampton, Captain Thomas Prescott, the senior commander in his Majesty's navy, and believed to be the oldest officer in the service of his country, at his decese. He was a midshipman, serving on board the Buckinghan, at Gibraltar, when George the First died, which was before the oldest Admiral now in the navy was born. He was a lieutenant on board the Buckingham, in the action rendered famous by the trial of Admirals Lestock and Mathews, and was an evidence examined in that memorable court-martial. After which he was seven years first lieutenant of the Grafton, Commodore Holmes, at the time the Grafton rudders were first introduced ; in this ship he was employed at the siege of Quebec, where part of the debarkation of the troops fell to his lot ; he was attending on that duty on shore, on the spot when the lamented General Wolfe breathed his last. After the reduction of Quebec, he proceeded to Jamaica; in the year 1761 he was promoted to the rank he held at his death. As he was unable to pursue active service afterwards from the effects of some very severe wounds about his head, which he received as a midshipman when in wheWest Indies, in the act of boarding a privateer, the impress was the only service he ever after was capable of. But in the late war, while living in the Isle of Wight, at the time of threatened invasion, his application to the Admiralty run thus, “If their lordships will give me charge of a battery on the coast, I flatter myself I can sit and defend it as long as any man, though from my age I cannot run away.” For several years past his Majesty has personally noticed him whenever passing in that neighbourhood, the last time his Majesty was at Southampton, this veteran was sent for, and was able to attend the summons, and was highly gratified at the notice of his Sovereign.


ADM107/3ADM 107/3 1712-1745 Lieutenants' passing certificates.  Archive
ref:849A Social History of Midshipmen and Quarterdeck Boys in the Royal Navy, 1761-1831Samantha CavellThesis Family History
RNLPCRoyal Navy Lieutenants' Passing Certificates 1691-1902Bruno PappalardoBook
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ref:851The Monthly Magazine Digital Book

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