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The Clan Pringle Association
A registered Scottish charity - SC043865
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Welcome to the Clan Pringle Association Website!

The surname Pringle is one of the oldest from the Scottish Borders, and is also an Armigerous clan. It dates to the reign of King Alexander III of Scots in the mid-13th century. It is a Scottish place-name and is derived from a round hill in the Parish of Stow.

If you are a Pringle you are welcome to join our Clan Association which was constituted in 2012, and also welcome to join our DNA project. We are currently searching for our rightful Clan Chief and you may be able to help us with the necessary genealogy. See our Genealogy Resources Page. The Pringles of Stitchill have recently been in the news, for more information see our Stitchill page.

Minutes of the CPA’s AGMs 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 are now online
Pringle Family Wedding
Billy Pringle at his recent wedding wearing a Border Reiver Tartan kilt and his father William Leon Pringle III in trews.
Congratulations Billy, from the Clan Pringle Association.

Clan Gatherings - The Clan Pringle Association in North America hold regular clan gatherings in North America.The latest update is: The "GATHERING OF PRINGLES" event for North America will be held Oct.20-21, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. All persons of the Pringle surname, or of Pringle descent, are invited to gather for a special Pringle family celebration. This is an opportunity to  meet other Pringles, learn of the first Pringles in North America, of our Scottish roots, origin of the name, some famous Pringles, and your place in the Family Tree.  The Clan Pringle Executive invite you now to make Toronto, Oct. 20-21 your special trip of the year. More details later. For information about their events please visit their Facebook Group:  Clan Pringle Association of North America



The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council:
Legal Case: In the matter of the Baronetcy of Pringle of Stichill
 Transcript of Judgment and Videos of Trial


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


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.
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.
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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

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



Clan Gatherings: The first clan gathering of the Clan Pringle in hundreds of years took place on Wednesday 3rd October 2012. Leading members of the Pringle family met together and founded the Clan Pringle Association in the Pewterer’s Hall in London. We next had a Clan Gathering of Members of the Clan Pringle Association on Friday 27th June 2014, including an AGM and BBQ at Torwoodlee in Scotland. William Pringle’s photos of the gathering can be seen here. The second Annual General Meeting of the Clan Pringle Association, was held on Friday 10th July 2015 at a members address in High Wycombe. Pictures can be found on our Association page. If you would like to join us at a Clan Gathering next year, please join us. In 2016 an AGM took place in July in High Wycombe and the first Pringle Gathering in America took place in October.

Free Online Book: THE RECORDS OF THE PRINGLES OR HOPPRINGILLS OF THE SCOTTISH BORDER, BY ALEX. PRINGLE, M.A., B.Sc. Published: Edinburgh, Oliver and Boyd, 1933.

Recommended Books:
Saving the Army: The Life of Sir John Pringle by Dr Morrice McCrae.
Publication Date: 4 Sep 2014. Available to purchase on The biography's launch took place in the New Library, Royal College of Physicians, 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh on Monday 3rd November 2014.
Thomas Pringle: South African pioneer, poet and abolitionist by Randolph Vigne
Publication Date: 20 Sep 2012. Available to purchase on


  Saving the Army Thomas Pringle Book Strongholds of the Border Reivers The Scottish Middle March
Recommended book: Strongholds of the Border Reivers: Fortifications of the Anglo-Scottish Border 1296-1603, by Keith Durham. - has a great chapter on Smailholm Tower with pictures and diagrams.
Recommended book: The Scottish Middle March, 1573-1625: Power, Kinship, Allegiance, by Anna Groundwater
Join us on Social Media and on Genealogical Message Boards:
Facebook Group: Pringle Heritage Preservation Society
Facebook Group: Clan Pringle Association of North America Pringle - Family History & Genealogy Message Board







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