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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.

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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The Clan Pringle Border Tour

Press Release: Conservation of Torwoodlee Tower to Start Imminently.

BBC News: Historic Torwoodlee Tower project starts


Torwoodlee Tower: Work on stabilizing (not restoring) the Tower is due to start in the spring of 2015. Progress has been made in obtaining a funding grant to help with the cost of protecting our built heritage, but donations will still be gratefully received. Please send a donation and support the Torwoodlee Tower Stabilization Fund.

Clan Gathering: The second Annual General Meeting of the Clan Pringle Association, was held on Friday 10th July 2015 at a members address in High Wycombe.



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
BBC News: Diamonds are forever: 200 years of Pringle of Scotland - The story of the knitwear company.
National Museum of Scotland Exhibition: 10 Apr - 16 Aug 2015 - Fully Fashioned: The Pringle of Scotland Story.

Recent research by James B Pringle: The Pringle Early Family Tree and The Pringles of East Teviotdale 1425-1675 and on our Clan Chief page. Also see our North America page and our Pringle of Caledon page.

Clan Gathering: There was 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.
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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