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 or a Prindle in America, 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.


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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
  4. Newsletter issue 4 - January 2021
  5. Newsletter issue 5 - April 2021
  6. Newsletter issue 6 - July 2021
  7. Newsletter issue 7 - October 2021
  8. Next Issue: January 2022.
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?

Please submit your article (500 words or less) by the 13th January, as a word document to the email below.

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Watch the Laird of Torwoodlee speak about Pringle of Torwoodlee history and the Braw Lads Gathering:


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



  • 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.
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.




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Pringles in North America
Pringles in South Africa
Pringles in Australasia

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


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.
Pringle Heraldry
Sir Murray Pringle of that Ilk
Coat of Arms of the Chief of the Clan, Sir Murray Pringle of that Ilk, 10th Bart.




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
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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