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The Clan Pringle Association

A registered Scottish charity: SC043865

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About Us

Welcome to the Clan Pringle Association Website!

The surname Pringle is one of the oldest place-names from the Scottish Borders. Pringles have lived in the Gala Water area of the Scottish Borders since the Dark Ages and the surname was first recorded in the reign of King Alexander III of Scots in the mid-13th century. It is a Scottish place-name and is derived from the name of our original homestead “Hoppringill” in the Parish of Stow of Wedale. If you are a Pringle you are welcome to join our Clan Association which was constituted in 2012, to come along and meet us and our clan chief Sir Murray Pringle, 10th Bart., at our clan gatherings and you are also welcome to join our Pringle DNA project. If you are interested in Pringle genealogy, please visit our Genealogy Resources Page. You can also download and read our Clan Pringle Newsletter.

Information about the next Pringle Clan Gathering is to be found in our latest newsletter.

Upcoming Events

14th April 2024 –  8PM GMT – CPA Trustees meeting (virtual).

30th June 2024  – CPA Annual General Meeting.

Autumn (Fall) 2024 – Clan Pringle North America Bi-Annual Gathering.

25th-28th June 2025 –  International Clan Pringle Gathering in Scotland, including:

See our Newsletter for more information and updates. 

Zoom Meetings

The CPA has regular Zoom Meetings, please see the CPA Newsletter for more details and for the date of the next meeting.

Sir Walter Scott of Abbotsford on the Pringles:
Publishing his version of ‘The Ballad of the Outlaw Murray,’ Sir Walter makes the following note:
“The honourable name of Pringle, or Hoppringle, is of great antiquity in Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire. The old tower of Torsonce is situated upon the banks of the Gala. I believe the Pringles of Torsonce are now represented by Sir John Pringle of Stitchell. There are three other ancient and distinguished families of this name; those of Whitebank, Clifton, and Torwoodlee.” – Quote from ‘Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border’ by Sir Walter Scott of Abbotsford, Bt.

To raise the public profile of the clan and highlight the honour of the Pringle name.

To promote Pringle history and to correct the errors of previous historians.

To protect and preserve the historical sites that have been the home to Pringles throughout history.

To conduct Pringle genealogical research and DNA research.

To include the worldwide Pringle diaspora in the Clan Pringle Association.

To provide a forum through which Pringles can contact and communicate with each other.


“To connect our family worldwide; to share, research and preserve its history.”

Pringle historic homes:

Whytbank Tower has been partially restored by its owners. 

Work on stabilizing (not restoring) the tower started in the spring of 2015, and was completed in 2017. For more information please visit www.torwoodlee.com.
BBC News: Historic Torwoodlee Tower repairs completion celebrated

Buckholm Tower is yet to be stabilized and is still suffering damage from the weather.

Support Us

The Pringle Charity Fund:

The Clan Pringle Association met the charity test and achieved charitable status in 2013,  under the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005, and was entered into the Scottish Charity Register. The Clan Pringle Association charity is regulated by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

To make a charitable donation to the Clan Pringle Association, please send a donation via PayPal to our Treasurer at:

Our charitable aims and objectives are:

Your charity’s registered name is: The Clan Pringle Association

Your charity number is:  SC043865

Your charity was registered on: 18 March 2013

Your principal contact address is: Torwoodlee, Galashiels, Scotland, TD1 1TZ

Your charitable purposes are: G – the advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science

Your charitable objectives are: To preserve the Pringle family’s traditions, sites, artifacts and records and to study its history, culture and relationships with other Scottish families and similar organisations by scientific, genealogical, archaeological and other research and make the results publically available to interested parties. The work to advance the knowledge of Scotland’s culture and heritage will be disseminated as widely as possible.

Visiting Scotland?

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If you are a Pringle and you are planning a visit to the Scottish Borders, you might consider this list of sites: 

Tour of Pringle Sites