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The Pringles of Stichill and Craighleith (also called Craiglatch or Newhall)

The Lineage of the Pringles of Newhall:Sir Stuart Pringle of stitchill

  1. William Hoppringill, 1st of that ilk
  2. Adam (1) Hoppringill of that ilk
  3. Alexander Hoppringle (2nd son of Adam)
  4. William Hoppringle of Craigleith and Whitton, Constable of Cessford Castle (2nd son of Alexander)
  5. Alexander Hoppringle of Craigleith (Newhall)
  6. Robert (I) Hoppringle of Craigleith (Newhall)
  7. Alexander Hoppringill of Craigleith, Williamhope and Whitton
  8. George (I) Hoppringill of Craigleith - His second son Robert became the first of Stitchill.
  9. George (II) Hoppringill of Craigleith
  10. James Pringle (Fear)
  11. Robert (II) Pringle of Newhall - succeeded by his uncle:
  12. Robert (III) Pringle in Caverton, now of Newhall - succeeded by his cousins:

The lineage of the Pringles of Stitchill:

  1. Robert Pringle of Baitingbush (now Batenbush), 1st Laird of Stitchill; MP Roxburghs 1639 and 1641. - Second son of George (I) of Newhall. Ratification in favour of Robert Pringle of Stichill. Robert's second son was the famous Covenanter Walter Pringle of Greenknowe.
  2. John Pringle (Fear), 2nd of Stitchill
  3. Sir Nova ScotiaRobert Pringle of Stichill, 1st Baronet (Nova Scotia) of Stitchill, so created 5 Jan 1682/3, of Stichill, and from 1667 of Newhall; MP Roxburghs 1678 and 1682.
  4. Sir John Pringle of Stichill, 2nd Baronet of Stitchill; (1662-1721)
  5. Sir Robert Pringle of Stichill, 3rd Baronet of Stitchill; (1745-1779)
  6. Colonel Sir James Pringle of Stichill, 4th Baronet of Stitchill; (1726-1809) Served Fusiliers, Col 59th Regt, Lt-Col Southern Fencibles, commanded Roxburghshire Yeomanry Cavalry; HM’s Master of Works Scotland, MP Berwicks 1761–79.
  7. Sir John Pringle of Stichill, 5th Baronet of Stitchill; (1784-1869)
  8. Sir Norman Pringle of Newhall, 6th Baronet of Stitchill; (1787-1870) Maj 21st Regt Northern Br Fus, Consul Stockholm and Dunkirk.
  9. Sir Norman William Drummond Pringle of Newhall, 7th Baronet of Stitchill; (1836-1897) JP Selkirk; Col cmdg 1st Bn S Staffs Regt, member Royal Company of Archers.
  10. Sir Norman Robert Pringle of Newhall, 8th Baronet of Stitchill; (1871-1919) Lt Army Pay Dept, T/Capt Inland Water Tport.
  11. Sir Ronald Steuart Pringle, 9th Baronet of Stichill (1905-1968)
  12. Sir Norman Murray Archibald MacGregor Pringle, 10th Baronet of Stichill (1941-present)
  13. Alastair Steuart Ronald Pringle of Stichill, yr (1972-present).



Sir Robert Pringle of Stitchill, 1st Bart. Had six sons:

  1. Sir John Pringle of Stitchill, 2nd Bart. (his descendants are listed above)
  2. Sir Walter Pringle of Lochton, Lord Newhall
    1. Robert of Lochton. Lands passed to Stitchill.Admiral Thomas Pringle RN
  3. Robert Pringle, Under Secretary of State for Scotland for King William III.
    1. Robert of the Middle Temple, no issue.
  4. Thomas Pringle W.S., had 4 sons:
    1. Robert Pringle, Lord Edgefield, of the Court of Session. Sheriff-Depute of Banffshire. He had three sons:
      • Sheriff John Pringle, Advocate, Sheriff Depute of Stirling in 1780, of Edinburgh in 1790, and a Principle Clerk of Session in 1793. Died unmarried in 1813. .
      • Thomas Pringle, Major in the 13th Dragoons and Lieut.-Colonel in the 67th Foot.
      • James Pringle, a Major-General in the E.I.Co.. Left two daughters.
    2. John Pringle W.S.. Had one son,
      • John Pringle who died in Paris in 1772.
    3. Captain Francis Pringle, Lieutenant in the Earl of Drumlanrig’s Regt. Later Lieut. Of the 62nd Royal American Regt. Of Foot. Died in London in 1805.
    4. Walter Pringle, Merchant, drowned in the West Indies.
      • Vice-Admiral Thomas Pringle of Weens. [See picture to the right] In 1794 he was promoted to Rear-Admiral of the Blue, and of the Red in 1795. Appointed Vice-Admiral of the White in 1799 and of the Red in 1801. He bought the estate of Weens in Roxburghshire in 1796, but it was sold by his trustees in 1804.
  5. Dr Francis Pringle of Newhall
  6. Captain Archibald Pringle of Colonel Hamilton’s Regiment of Foot.



Relatives who were incorrectly registered as Baronets of Stichill:

  1. Norman Hamilton ‘Pringle’, 9th Baronet; (1903-1961) Squadron Leader RAF during WW II. - Illegitimate uncle of present Baronet.
  2. Lt-Gen Sir Steuart Robert ‘Pringle’, 10th Baronet, KCB. (1928-2013) Commandant General of the Royal Marines and an honorary Admiral of the Texas Navy. Obituary in the Scotsman Newspaper and Telegraph Newspaper. - First cousin of present Baronet.


Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, Case details: In the matter of Baronetcy of Pringle of Stichill.

25/11/15 - BBC News: Legal dispute over Pringle of Stichill baronetcy.
26/11/15 - BBC News: Pringle of Stichill baronetcy decision "finally" sought.
20/06/16 - BBC News: Pringle of Stichill baronetcy battle won by accountant


The Standing Council of the Baronetage - - The Red Book Project - Scottish Genealogy


sir_james_pringle_stichill 4th Baronet by David Martin 1737 - 98

Sir Walter Pringle, Lord Newhall


Sir Walter Pringle, Lord Newhall by Allan


Note by James Bruce Pringle (brother of Sir Murray Pringle of Stitchill)
I was persuaded in 2000 to the view that we were probably descended from Smailholm and I ‘corrected’, that is to say I removed Stichill’s second crest and motto from Burkes Peerage. I have since revised my views and returned to my original understanding due in part to the family’s Bonds of Manrent and their application e.g. the feud between Stewart v Pringle and the close involvement that the Newhall/Stichill family had with Hoppringill of that Ilk between 1581 and 1737, during which time Newhall/Stichill were treated as the senior cadet by that Ilk.

The Honourable Sir Walter Pringle of Newhall Knight

Written in 1736, by the Poet, William Hamilton of Bangour.
Sir Walter Pringle, a Lord of Session, with the title of Newhall, was
promoted to the Bench in 1718, and died 14th December 1736.
To fame let Flatt'ry the proud column raise,
And guilty greatness load with venal praise,
This monument for nobler use design'd
Speaks to the heart, and rises for mankind;
Whose moral strain, if rightly understood,
Invites thee to be humble, wise and good.
Learn here of life, life's ev'ry sacred end,
Hence form the father, husband, judge and friend:
Here wealth and greatness found no partial grace,
The poor look'd fearless in th' oppressor's face;
One plain good meaning thro' his conduct ran,
And if he err'd, alas! he err'd as man.
If then unconscious of so fair a fame
Thou read'st without the wish to be the same,
Tho' proud of titles, or of boundless store,
By blood ignoble, and by wealth made poor,
Yet read; some vice perhaps thou may'st resign,
Be ev'n that momentary virtue thine,
Heav'n in thy breast here work its first essay,
Think on this man, and pass unblam'd one day.


Online book: The poems and songs of William Hamilton of Bangour

Online book: Records of the Baron Court of Stitchill, 1655-1807; (1905)

Online book: Diary of George Ridpath, minister of Stitchel, 1755-1761

Online book: Memoirs of Walter Pringle of Greenknow

Online book: Royal Letters, Charters, and Tracts, Relating to the Colonization of New Scotland, and the Institution of theOrder of Knight Baronets of Nova Scotia, 1621-1638

The 6th Baronet of Stitchill and the 1812 war in America:


Name meanings:

Craigleith - Creag = hill ; leith = side.

Stitchell/Sitchel/Stychill = Steep hill.

Williamhope is named for Sir William Douglas, the Knight of Liddesdale, who died at Williamhope in 1353 (His biography can be read here). The Pringles of Craigleith held Williamhope since at least 1541 for a few generations. As can be seen from this picture, Williamhope looks allot like Hoppringle. Williamhope later became the property of the Stoddart family, however their descendants have Pringle DNA. See: Wikipedia: Rear Admiral Pringle Stoddart. Online book by Thomas Tod Stoddart which contains a history of the family - Angling Songs.


Sir Walter Pringle, Lord Newhall

sir_james_pringle_stichill 4th Baronet by David Martin 1737 - 98

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Stichill House

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