198_Pringle1 The Clan Pringle Association

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 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.



The Clan Pringle Association of North America
is hosting a ‘Virtual Pringle Gathering’ on
7th November 2020 at 2pm (ET).
All Pringles are invited to participate in the meeting in a video chat room on Zoom.com,
with the aim of sharing family trees, telling unique family stories and the legends of Pringle ancestors.
Meet other Pringles, make connections and find resources.
Special guest speaker: James W. Pringle, 14th Laird of Torwoodlee, Scotland.
Virtual Pringle Gathering Flyer Nov 2020 with link to registration



The Clan Pringle Association Newsletter is now available for download:
  1. Newsletter issue 1 - April 2020
  2. Newsletter issue 2 - July 2020
  3. Newsletter issue 3 - October 2020
Share your story in the next issue of the Pringle Quarterly Newsletter:
* You have a story to tell; how you found a family contact, a fun incident, a surprise find?
 * A unique Pringle man/woman – their noted accomplishments, good character, scandal?
* Tell us about your primary interest in the overall Pringle story?
* Offer ideas or suggestions about how to prevail with ancestry research?
* You’ve got a question – perhaps some other Pringle reader has the answer?
Next Issue: January 2021. Please submit your article (500 words or less) by January 1st,
as a word document to the email below.
Pringle Newsletter Email


Sir Norman Murray Archibald MacGregor Pringle of that Ilk and of Stichill, 10th Baronet,
Chief of the Name and Arms of the Honourable Clan Pringle.
In 2009, Murray Pringle officially petitioned the Lord LyonSIr Murray Pringle of Stichill, King of Arms (the Heraldic Authority in Scotland), for recognition as the Chief of the Name and Arms of the Honourable Clan Pringle, however the case was delayed until the his claim for the Stichill Baronetcy was resolved. After he successfully claimed his Baronetcy in 2016, he re-petitioned the Lord Lyon on 4th October 2018. He then attended the Lyon Court on 27th June 2019 in Edinburgh, where the Lord Lyon heard Sir Murray’s petition. Sir Murray's case was successful and the Lord Lyon has recognized his entitlement to the chiefship.
We invite all Pringles to read the official documents from the Lyon Court.
Petition to the Lord Lyon, King of Arms (4/10/2018)
Official Notice from the Lyon Court (3/12/2018)
Interlocutor from the Lord Lyon (28/03/2019)
Lord Lyons decision: Pringle Findings and Reasons (18/02/2020)
Interlocutor of the Lord Lyon King of Arms (28/05/2020).
The Lord Lyons judgment also appears here: CourtOfTheLordLyon.scot.
The Pringle of Stichill Baronetcy
The Pringle of Stichill Baronetcy (Nova Scotia) was created by HM Charles II on 5th January 1682/3 for Sir Robert Pringle of Stichill, the MP for Roxburghshire. In 2013 there arose a legal dispute between Simon Pringle and Murray Pringle, as to whom was legally entitled to be enrolled as the Baronet of Stichill. HM Queen Elizabeth II personally referred the case to The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (which also acts as the UK Supreme Court) for a legal ruling. They decided in favour of Sir Murray Pringle who became enrolled as the tenth baronet.
 The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council:
‘In the matter of the Baronetcy of Pringle of Stichill’ - Transcript of the Judgment (20/06/2016).
YouTube Video of Judgment: https://youtu.be/gHH614eK8W8
  • The Clan Pringle Association held its most recent Annual General Meeting in the UK on the 31st July 2019. The provisional date of the next AGM is 15th July 2020, but this is subject to change. This has now been canceled due to Corona Virus. The date of the next Clan Gathering in Scotland has not been decided upon yet, but may happen in the summer of 2021.
  • The Clan Pringle Association of North America held its most recent ‘Gathering’ on 19th-21st October 2018 in Niagara Falls, NY (see pictures below). The CPANA plan to have a Pringle 'Gathering' in North America every two years, and are planing having the next Gathering on Nov. 7, 2020, in Charleston, SC. For more information on future events, please see our CPANA page. This has now been canceled due to Corona Virus.


AGM 2019 1


EGM & AGM Gathering 31.07.19


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.



The 'GATHERING of PRINGLES' event was held Oct. 19-21, 2018 at Niagara Falls, NY. Some of those attending are seen in the photos here. We had a good representation from various parts of the country, with a few from Canada and a couple visiting from New Zealand. As you can see some wore traditional Scottish attire reminding us of the Pringle roots in Scotland's 'southern borders'. Arranged around the meeting room for the Gathering was Pringle family memorabilia, family tree posters, banners, etc. setting the scene for this special Pringle celebration. In our agenda we had a photographic tour of ancient Pringle related sites, we explored our history and various family branch lines, had discussions with our Clan Chief, Sir Murray Pringle, examined connections in our family trees, and spent time learning how to improve our skills in ancestry research. Throughout the weekend we had much fun together as we got to meet one another, as the family motto puts it "Friendship reflects honors". Derek Pringle via the Facebook Group:  Clan Pringle Association of North America


Pringles in North America
Pringles in South Africa
Pringles in Australasia
Free Online Book:
The Records of the Pringles or Hoppringills of the Scottish Border,
by Alex Pringle, M.A., B.Sc.
Published by Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh 1933.
Also new research notes by James Bruce Pringle.
Major General Henry Pringle of Caledon
This portrait of Major General Henry Pringle, of the Caledon branch of the Pringles,
was recently discovered in a house sale. If you are interested in it, please visit the Art Dealers website:
Whilst serving as a captain in the 27th Foot (Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers), he fought alongside his friend Major Robert Rogers of the Rangers at the Battle on Snowshoes in 1758.
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:

treasurer CPA

Our charitable aims and objectives are:

OSCR Charity LogoYour 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.


The Pringle Clan is now featured on the Lochcarron Interactive Clan Map of Scotland:
Visiting Scotland?
If you are a Pringle and you are planning a visit to the Scottish Borders, you might consider this list of sites:
The Pringle tour of the Scottish Borders

The Original Mission Statement of the Clan Pringle Association:

  • 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 Pringle’s throughout history.
  • To establish who is the current clan chief through genealogical research and our DNA project.
  • To include the worldwide Pringle diaspora in the Clan Pringle Association.
  • To provide a forum through which Pringle’s can contact and communicate with each other.

The New Mission Statement:

  • “To connect our family worldwide; to share, research and preserve it's history.”
Torwoodlee Tower: Work on stabilizing (not restoring) the tower started in the spring of 2015, and was completed in 2017. For more information please see www.torwoodlee.com.
Press Release from 2015: Conservation of Torwoodlee Tower to Start Imminently.
BBC News: Historic Torwoodlee Tower project starts
BBC News: Historic Torwoodlee Tower repairs completion celebrated
Border Telegraph: Securing a piece of Galashiels' history with 150k
The Southern Reporter: Iconic Gala tower is restored
Buckholm Tower is yet to be stabilized and suffering damage from the weather:



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