George Preston (military officer)
Lieutenant General George Preston (b. 1707- 31 January 1785, Weston, Bath) was in the British Army for 61 years and led the Royal Scots Greys.
He was the son of William Preston and Mary Ramsey of Gorton. Preston married Lucy, oldest daughter of James Johnston (Secretary of State). His son Sir Robert Preston, grandson Sir Robert Preston and other grandson Sir Henry Preston were Preston baronets.
During the Seven Years' War, Preston also fought in the Battle of Minden (1759), Battle of Warburg (1760) (where his horse was killed and he was wounded), Battle of Kirch Denkern (1771), Battle of Wilhelmsthal (1762).
He became Col of the Royal Scots Greys (2nd Dragoons) between 18 Apr 1782 - 3 Feb 1785. (He was followed by his brother-in-law General James Johnston.)
He died in Bath and his tomb is at All Saints' Church, Weston, Bath.
- Monumental Inscriptions at All Saints Church, Weston
- p. 240
- p,. 574
- p.77 Richard Cannon. Historical Record of the Seventeenth Regiment of Light Dragoons-- Lancers ..., J W Parker, London 1841
- p. 295
- p.84. Richard Cannon. Historical Record of the Seventeenth Regiment of Light Dragoons-- Lancers ..., J W Parker, London 1841
- p.127 Richard Cannon. Historical Record of the Seventeenth Regiment of Light Dragoons-- Lancers ..., J W Parker, London 1841
- John J Gallagher, Battle of Brooklyn 1776, Hachette Books, 2009 ISBN 0786751320
- Royal Scots Greys accessed 29 May 2019
- Historic England accessed 29 May 2019
| Colonel of the 17th Light Dragoons
of the 2nd Dragoons
18 Apr 1782 - 3 Feb 1785