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In Scots law a coat of arms is the personal property of the person to whom it was granted to, and there is no such thing a clan or family coat of arms.
 
It is traditional for ordinary non-armigerous members of a clan to wear the clan chiefs crest badge in a belt and buckle with the chiefs motto upon it, as a symbol of their allegiance to the clan chief.
 
Further reference:
Wikipedia - Scottish Crest Badge & Wikipedia - Scottish Heraldry
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Heraldry of the House of Pringle
 
Old Hunting HornThe earliest Pringle to use a heraldic device was Elias De Hoppringill, who in 1296 attached his seal to the Ragman Roll. It was described as ‘oval, a hunting horn.’
 
escallopAfter the Scottish War of Independence was won by King Robert the Bruce, he sent his right-hand-man, the ‘Good’ Sir James Douglas to bury his heart in Jerusalem. Sir James died fighting the Moors in Spain at the battle of Teba. The Pringles were the squires and men-at-arms to the Douglases, and would have accompanied Sir James to the pilgrim site of Saint James of Compostela in northern Spain. It is believed that ever since this time the Pringles have used the badge of St James (a scallop shell) as their principal heraldic device.
 
The chiefs of the clan, the Hoppringles of that ilk traditionally used three golden scallop shells on a black bend (a diagonal stripe), all upon a white shield. The earliest cadet branch, the Hoppringles of Smailholm differenced these arms by having an engrailed bend (as per the picture in Laings Seals). However in 1583 Andrew Pringle of Smailholm and Gala had his arms carved on a stone block above the door of his new residence (what is now called ‘Old Gala House’) and these arms show five scallop shells upon a saltier. His son Sir James Pringle of Gala built an extention to the house in 1611 and had another panel carved with the same arms, and this can still be seen in the house. The reason why the Pringles of Smailholm changed their arms from three scallop shells on an engrailed bend to five scallop shells on an engrailed saltier, is not recorded, perhaps it was because of a rivalry between the houses of Torsonce and Smailholm!
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In 1672 the Scots Parliament passed a law requiring armigerous individuals to register their Arms within a year. In 1673 the Pringles of Stitchell, Greenknowe, Whytbank and Torwoodlee all duly registered their arms in the Public Register of the Lord Lyon. None of these four branches of the clan matriculated supporters to their arms. George Hoppringle of Torsonce (and that ilk) was a soldier and was away with the army so did not matriculate his coat of arms.
 
In 1722 Alexander Nisbet published his book ‘A System of Heraldry’ and he included the arms of the Pringles (see below). He describes and illustrates the arms of Hoppringle of that ilk (as chiefs of the clan or heads of the name) as having supporters, a deer on the right and a greyhound on the left. His description and illustration of the arms of Stitchell and Whytbank do not include supporters.
 
John Hoppringle of that ilk (and Torsonce) died in 1737 without a male heir. His daughter had married Gilbert, a younger son of Pringle of Stitchell, after their deaths the lands passed into the Pringle of Stitchell family.
 
In 1828 the Lord Lyon granted Alexander Pringle of Whytbank, as the representative of the Pringles of Smailholm and Gala, two Pilgrims as supporters. The Lord Lyon must have assumed that the Whytbank Pringles were now the heads of the name, since it has long been assumed that the Pringles of Stitchell were a cadet branch of the Smailholm Pringles. This is not the case, the Pringles of Stichell are cadets of the Pringles of that ilk.
 
John Burke in 1844 wrote in his ‘Encyclopaedia of Heraldry’ that the Pringles of Stitchell bore two greyhounds as supporters, along with the crest of Pringle of that ilk and their own crest. The 1893 version of Debretts shows the Pringles of Stitchell as bearing a buck and a greyhound as supporters, along with the double crests of that ilk and their own. The Pringles of Stitchell continued to use the crest and supporters of the Pringles of that ilk in correspondence at least until 1919. The last Pringle laird of Whytbank died in 2003, ending the rivalry between the Pringles of that ilk (and their cadets the Pringles of Stitchell) and the Pringles of Smailholm (and their representatives the Pringles of Whytbank).
 
According to the laws of Scottish heraldry only clan chiefs and nobles are entitled to use supporters.
 
The Clan Pringle Association is actively trying to trace the rightful clan chief, who will entitled to bear the undifferenced arms of the house of Pringle with supporters. Please join us in our efforts.
 

Coats of Arms of the House of Pringle

 
Pringle of that ilk and Torsonce Pringle of Burnhouse Archibald Pringle of Torquhan Pringle of Symington Pringle of Buckholm
Pringle of that ilk and Torsonce, P. of Burnhouse, Archibald P. of Torquhan, P. of Symington, P. of Buckholm
 
Pringle of Smailholm - Original Pringle of Smailholm and Gala and Whytbank Pringle of Torwoodlee Pringle of Blindlee
Pringle of Smailholm (original) P. of Smailholm & Gala (later P. of Whytbank & Yair), P. of Torwoodlee, P. of Blindlee
 
Pringle of Stichel Pringle of Newhall Dr Sir John Pringle Pringle of Greenknowe
Pringle of Stitchill and Newhall Bt, Sir Walter P. of Newhall, Dr Sir John P. Bt., P. of Greenknowe
 
Pringle of Clifton Pringle of Haining Pringle of Crichton Pringle of Blackwater
Pringle of Clifton, P. of Haining, P. of Crichton, P. of Blackwater
 
 
 
 
 
Pringle Coats of Arms from:
A System of Heraldry
by Alexander Nisbet. Edinburgh, 1816 (originally published in 1722).
Online here: [Vol. 1], [Vol. 2].
 
Hoppringle of that Ilk, now designed of Torsonce
Arms: Argent, on a bend sable, three escalops or.
Crest: An escalop as the former.
Mottos: Amicitia reddit honores, and upon the compartment are these words, Pressa est insignis gloria facti.
Supporters: On the dexter by a deer, and on the sinister by a greyhound argent, with collars about their necks sable, charged with escalops or.
Pringle of Torsonce
 
Pringle of Galashiels
Arms: Argent, on a saltier ingrailed sable, five escalops or.
Crest: A mans heart, proper, with wings or.
Motto: Sursum
 
Pringle of Whitebank, descended of Galashiels
Arms: Argent, on a saltier ingrailed sable, five escalops or.
Crest: A mans heart winged, proper.
Motto: Sursum
Pringle of Whytbank
 
George Pringle of Torwoodlee, descended of Galashiels
Arms: Argent, on a saltier ingrailed azure, five escalops of the first.
Crest: A serpent nuved, proper.
Motto: Nosce teipsum.
 
Sir John Pringle of Stitchel, Baronet
Arms: Azure, three escalops or.
Crest: A saltier within a garland of bay leaves, proper.
Motto: Coronat fides.
Pringle of Stitchill1
 
Sir Walter Pringle of Newhall, Knight, one of the Senators of the College of Justice, carries the same with Stitchel, being a younger son of that family.
Arms: As Stitchel, but with his difference, a bezant in the centre.
Pringle of Newhall1
 
James Pringle of Greenknowe, descended of a second son of Stitchel
Arms: Azure, three escalops within a bordure ingrailed or.
Crest: An anchor within a garland of bay leaves, proper.
Motto: Semper spero meliora.
 
Pringle of Burnhouse
Arms: As Torsonce
Supporters: On the dexter by a buck, and on the sinister by a greyhound, proper.
 
Pringle of Cliftoun - Not Blazoned by Nisbet, but illustrated at the back of the book.
Arms: Azure, on a chevron argent, three escallops of the first.
Crest: An escallop within two branches of palm, in orle, proper. - Although the escallop is missing in Nisbet’s picture.
Motto: Prompte et consulto (Quickly and advisedly).
Pringle of Cliftoun
 
 
 
 

From - The Heraldry Society of Scotland

www.heraldry-scotland.co.uk/mitchell-rolls.html

Pringle Coats of Arms:

1542 Sir David Lindsay's Armorial

  • pryngille of [Smailholm] - Argent, on a bend engrailed Sable three escallops Or - see original picture
  • pringill of burnhouss - Argent, on a bend Sable three escallops Argent - see original picture

Pringill of Burnhouss - Lindsey Pryngille of [Smailholm] - Lindsey From Facsimile of an ancient heraldic manuscript -Sir David Lindsay

1562 Queen Mary's Roll 

  • Hoppringell of yat ilk - Argent, on a bend Sable three buckles [should say: cockles] Or
  • Pringell of Burnhousse - Or, on a bend Sable three escallops Or

1563 Forman's Armorial (Advocate's Library)

  • Pringil of Bvrnhovs - Argent, on a bend Azure three escallops Or

1565 Slains Armorial 

  • Hoppryngil - Argent, on a bend Sable three escallops Or
  • pringill of burnhouse - Argent, on a bend Azure three escallops Or

1591 Seton Armorial 

  • Pringell - Argent, on a bend Sable three escallops Or

1599 Lindsay of the Mount Secundus

  • Hoppringill of Gallowscheillig - Argent on a bend Azure three escallops Or

1600 Dunvegan Armorial 

  • Pringle of Stichel - Argent, on a bend Azure three escallops Or.

1680 MacKenzie's Scotland's Herauldrie 

  • Pringle of Galashiels - Argent, on a saltire engrailed Sable five escallops Or
  • Pringle of Stitchel - Azure, three escallops Or
  • Pringle of Torwood - Argent, on a saltire engrailed Azure five escallops Argent
  • Pringle of Whitebank (representer of Galashiels) - Argent, on a saltire engrailed Sable five escallops Or

1722 Nisbet's A System of Heraldry - See pictures above

  • Pringle of Burnhouse - Argent, on a bend Sable three escallops Or
  • Pringle of Galashiels - Argent, on a saltire engrailed Sable five escallops Or
  • Pringle of Greenknow, James - Azure, three escallops within a bordure engrailed Or
  • Pringle of Newhall, Sir Walter - Azure, a bezant between three escallops Or
  • Pringle of Stitchel, Sir John - Azure, three escallops Or
  • Pringle of that Ilk (now of Torsonce) - Argent, on a bend Sable three escallops Or
  • Pringle of Torwoodlee, George - Argent, on a saltire engrailed Azure five escallops Argent
  • Pringle of Whitebank - Argent, on a saltire engrailed Sable five escallops Or
 
 
 
 
Pringle heraldry in Burkes
Pringle heraldry in Debretts
Pringle heraldry in the Lyon Register
Pringle Heraldic Seals
Other Pringle Armorials
Pringle American Arms
Pringle South African Arms
 
 
 
The Arms of John Hoppringill of Buckholm
on a panel from the wall of Buckholm Tower, dated 1582
[stone panel is in Torwoodlee House]
Pringle of Buckholm Arms
 
 
 
 
The Arms of Andrew Pringle of Smailholm and Gala
and his wife Mariotta Borthwick
on a panel from the wall of Old Gala House, dated 1583.
 
Andrew Pringle of Gala 1583
 
 
The Arms of Sir James Pringle of Smailholm and Gala
and his wife on an old fireplace lintel in Old Gala House, dated 1611
 
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Arms: Argent, on a saltire engrailed Sable five escallops Or [Pringle of Gala].

Crest: A unicorns head, couped proper.

Mottos on the lintel:

  • Nisi Dominvs Frvstra (from Psalm 127 - ‘Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labour in vain.’ [Also the motto of the city of Edinburgh]).
  • Devs Facit Omnia (God made all)
  • Virtvs Svb Vmbra (Virtue in the shadow)
  • Spes Vitae Altera (hope of another life)
 
The Arms of James Pringle of Torwoodlee
on the top of Torwoodlee House
 
Pringle of Torwoodlee arms on Torwoodlee House
 
 
The Arms of Pringle of Stitchill
on the side of Stitchill kirk, dated 1783
 
Pringle of Stitchill arms on Stitchill Kirk
 
 
 
 
Other Heraldry Pages
 
Pringle heraldry in Burkes
Pringle heraldry in Debretts
Pringle heraldry in the Lyon Register
Pringle Heraldic Seals
Other Pringle Armorials
Pringle American Arms
Pringle South African Arms
 
 
 
See also: PRINGLE ARMS http://heraldry-online.org.uk/pringle/pringle-arms.htm
 
 

Scots Heraldry Links

Lyon-court.com - The Court of the Lord Lyon - The King of Arms in Scotland

ProcuratorFiscalLyonCourt.org.uk - Procurator Fiscal to the Court of the Lord Lyon

Heraldry-Scotland.co.uk - The Heraldry Society of Scotland

ScotArmigers.net - The Society of Scottish Armigers

Wikipedia - Scottish Heraldry

 

Books on Scottish Heraldry

  1. A System of Heraldry, Volume 1, by Alexander Nisbet
  2. A System of Heraldry, Volume 2, by Alexander Nisbet

A facsimile of an ancient heraldic manuscript, by Sir David Lindsay of the Mount, the Lord Lyon King of Arms

An Ordinary of Arms, by Sir James Balfour Paul

Heraldry in relation to Scottish history and art, by Sir James Balfour Paul

  1. A Descriptive Catalogue of Impressions from Ancient Scottish Seals, by Henry Laing
  2. A Supplemental Descriptive Catalogue of Ancient Scottish Seals, by Henry Laing

Scottish Armorial Seals, by William Rae MacDonald

  1. Scottish Arms, Volume 1, by Robert Riddle Stodart
  2. Scottish Arms, Volume 2, by Robert Riddle Stodart

The Law and Practice of Heraldry in Scotland, by George Seton

  1. Heraldry in Scotland, Volume 1, by John Horne Stevenson
  2. Heraldry in Scotland, Volume 2, by John Horne Stevenson

Simple Heraldry, by Iain Moncreiffe of Easter Moncreiffe and Don Pottinger

Scotlands Heraldic Heritage; The Lyon Rejoicing, by Charles Burnett and Mark Dennis

Scots Heraldry; A Practical Handbook, by Thomas Innis of Learney

Scottish Heraldry Made Easy, by George Harvey Johnston

The town council seals of Scotland; historical, legendary and heraldic, by Alexander Porteous

The Arms of the baronial and police burghs of Scotland, by the Marquess of Bute

The Arms of the Scottish bishoprics, by W.T. Lyon

 

The heraldry of the Stewarts

The heraldry of the Murrays

The heraldry of the Douglases

The heraldry of the Hamiltons

The heraldry of the Johnstons

The heraldry of the Campbells

 

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