Trinlyknowe and Chapelhill

Pringle of Trinlyknowe and Chapelhill

Trinlyknowe, also known as the west stead of Windydoors, lays next to Laidlawstiel, south of Newhall on the Caddon Water. (Blackhaugh is the middle steading of ‘the three places of Windydoors’ namely West, Mid and East Windydoors. The east stead remained named as Windydoors.)

Trinlieknowis/Trinlyknowes means: ‘round hillocks’, from ME trindel and OE cnoll, Scots knowe.


Their lineage according to the chapter Trinlyknowe from Alex Pringle’s book ‘The Records of the Pringles of the Scottish Border’:

  • Alexander Hoppringill, first of Trinlyknowe
    • Roger Hoppringill 2nd of Trinlyknowe (killed at the battle of Flodden in 1513).
      • Alexander (2) Hoppringill 3rd of Trinlyknowe
        • John Hoppringill, who predeceased his father.
        • Thomas Hoppringill 4th of Trinlyknowe
          • Alexander (3) 5th Pringill of Trinlyknowe
            • Robert Pringill of Chapelhill
          • George Hoppringill
          • Thomas Hoppringill
        • William Hoppringill
        • David Hoppringill

Alexander Hoppringill of Trinlyknowe

Note by James Bruce Pringle, brother of Sir Murray Pringle of Stichill.

Compotum Jacobi Hoppringill de Smalehame, cursoris foreste de Ettrik infra wardam de Tweda, redditum apud Edinburgh per Alexandrum Hoppringill, [26 July 1484, from 26 June 1483], that is to say that on 26 July 1484 in Edinburgh, Alexander Hoppringill submitted the accounts for the Tweed Ward on behalf of James Hoppringill of Smalehame [Rotuli Scaccarii Regnum Scotorum, vol. ix, p. 270]. There is no mention that Alexander was a son of James.

Compotum Jacobi Hoppringill de Smalehame, cursoris foreste de Ettrik infra wardam de Tueda, Edinburgh, 4 July 1485, per Alexandrum Hoppringill, ejus deputatum, from 26 July 1484 [Rotuli Scaccarii Regnum Scotorum, vol. ix, p. 317].

Weststeid de Windedurris, in minibus Alexandri Pringill per literas regis, ut patet in eisdem. [Rotuli Scaccarii Regnum Scotorum, vol. ix, p. 609]. 1484

The Weststeid of the Windedurris callit the Trynlynknollis, j stede, assedatur Alexandro Pringill et Rogero Pringill filio suo et eorum diucius viventi pro terminis quinque annorum a festo Sancte Crucis in anno Domini LXXXVIII proxime futuro, inde pecunia ivy tt., cum devoriis consuetis, gressuma xij tt [Rotuli Scaccarii Regnum Scotorum, vol. ix, p 610]. Granted a five year lease [10 June 1485] on the termination of the existing lease.

Weststeid de Windedurris in minibus Alexandri Hoppringill et Rogeri filii sui per literas regis pro certis terminis futuris, ut patet in eisdem [Rotuli Scaccarii Regnum Scotorum, vol. ix, p. 619].In the same rentals is mentioned Cragleth, j steid, assedatur Willelmo Hoppringill et Alexandro filio suo pro terminis trium annorum post exitum terminorum quos habuerunt prius, videlicet post exitum iiij annorum sequencium festum Invencionis Sancte Crucius immediate post vicesimum octavum diem mensis Octobris in anno Domini etc.LXXXIII, inde percunia vj tt., cum devoriis etc., grassuma vjs. Viij d. In the same rentals is mentioned Toftness, ½ steid, in minibus David Hoppringill et Mariote sponse sue per literas regis pro certis terminis futuris. Torwodlee, j steid, in minibus dicti David et prefate sponse sue eciam per literas regis. Blindle, j steid, in minibus Jacobi Hoppringill per literas regis pro certis terminis futuris.

Index on page 764 shows:

Alexander, rendering the accounts of Tweed ward as deputy for James of Smalehame [he was not the son of James] pp. 270, 317, 467. Alexander of Windedurris  [Trynlyknollis] in his hands, 609; Trynlyknollis let to him and his son Roger, 610, 619. Roger, joint tenant of Trynlynknollis with his father [Alexander], 610, 619.

Alexander, joint-tenant with his father William in Cragleth, 620. William, Cragleth let to him and his son Alexander, 620.

David, Toftnes and Torwodlee in his hands with Mariote his wife, 610, 620; pays grassums of Torwodle and Toftnes, 318 [this David was not son of James of Smalehame, later in Tynnes].

William [Craigleith], Alexander [Trinlyknowe and David [Torwoodlee and Toftness] were brothers. In fact, they were the younger brothers of Adam of that Ilk. Their parents were Archibald and Elizabeth, daughter of Robert, Douglas squire, first of Smailholm. All were of the same generation as James of Smalehame. Robert who obtained sasine to Wrangholm in 1459 is not of Smalehame. Wrangholm is part of Smailholm but the document is lost.

William [Cessford & Craigleith] is mentioned on p. 163 [1490] as having been in receipt of monies with Walter Ker and Ralph Ker [as depute wardens] for and on behalf of William, Lord Borthwick, Warden of the Middle March.

Compotum Jacobi Hoppringill de Smalehame, cursoris warde de Tweda infra forestam de Ettrik [Edinburgh, 3 July 1487,] per Alexandrum Hoppringill, ejus deputatum, from 11 July 1486; 2 terms, [Rotuli Scaccarii Regnum Scotorum, vol. ix, p. 467].

Appendix Rentalia Domini Regis pp. 652-3 shows on 6 July 1488 the Weststede de Wyndedurris is let to Alexander Hoppringill and his son Roger for three years per literas domini regis from the end of the existing lease. The Midstede is let to Robert Rutherford de Chatto and George his son, plegio James Hoppringill. The Eststede is let to Walter Ker de Cesfurd and Lord Robert his son, knight for three years. Craigleith is let to William Hoppringill and Alexander his son for three years following the expiry of the existing lease, plegio James Hoppringill. Caldanele is let to William Hoppringill son of James Hoppringill, plegio David Hoppringill [his (first) cousin (once removed), later in Tynnes – otherwise it would have said his brother]. Redehede in the hands of David, son of James de Smalehame, pro officio cursoris. Toftnes and Torwoodlee left blank [in hands of David Hoppringill, (first cousin twice removed) to David, son of James of Smalehame]. Galashiels and Mossilee in hands of James Hoppringill. Blindlee in hands of James Hoppringill per literas domini regis.

Pringle of Chapelhill

Chapelhill, north of Peebles.

The farmhouse is a much altered 16th century tower of the Pringles. It is also a very nice B&B.

See page 248 of the book ‘Records of the Pringles’.