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wounded at Waterloo. Sold with copy original roll mention (possibly showing name as Tyler), contemporary accounts and extracts, and other research.
Lot 160 Sir George Prévost 1st Baronet (19 May 1767 -5 January 1816) - A Fine Georgian Officer’s Sabre by Hawkes Mosely & Co. of Piccadilly, London, the 74cm, curved blade, finely etched along its entire length with crowned GR cypher, royal arms, the figure of Britannia, stands of arms and foliage, gilt stirrup hilt, the knuckle guard and langets, deeply cast with oak leaves, with lion-head pommel, and chequered ivory grip, in its black leather scabbard with ornate gilt mounts, engraved with stands of arms and foliage, the locket bearing the maker’s name, the suspension rings in the form of climbing snakes.
George Prévost was born on 19 May 1767, in the Province of New Jersey. His father was Augustin Prévost, a French-speaking Swiss Protestant, and a lieutenant-colonel in the British Army. His mother was Nanette (Ann) Grand. George Prévost was educated at schools in England and in the North American continent.
On 3 May 1779, Prévost was commissioned at the age of eleven, as an ensign in the 60th Regiment of Foot, in which his father was a senior officer. In 1782, he transferred to the 47th Regiment of Foot, as a lieutenant, followed in 1784 by a move to the
25th Regiment of Foot as a captain. He then returned to the 60th Foot on 18 November 1790 with the rank of major, at the age of 23. Prévost’s maternal grandfather was a wealthy banker in Amsterdam, and his money is considered to have certainly been responsible for his grandson’s quick advancement up the chain of command in the British Army, as promotion could then be obtained “by purchase”.
While serving in the 60th, Prévost was promoted to lieutenant-colonel on 6 August 1794. He was stationed in St Vincent from 1794-1795. During fighting on 20 January 1796, he was wounded twice, and he returned to England shortly after, where he was appointed to become an inspecting field officer. On 1 January 1798, Prévost became a colonel, and on 8 March he became a brigadier- general, at the age of 30. In May he was appointed to be the lieutenant governor of St Lucia, where his fluency in French and conciliatory administration won him the respect of the French planters living there. In 1802, he returned to Britain as a result of ill health.
On 27 September 1802, soon after fighting against France resumed, Prévost was chosen to be the governor of Dominica. In 1803, the French attempted to seize the island, and Prévost fought against them. He would also fight against the French in an effort to reclaim St Lucia. On 1 January 1805, at the age of 37, Prévost was promoted to major-general, and soon after he was granted leave to return to England, where he became a commander of the Portsmouth district, and where he was appointed to be a