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


The Lineage of the Pringles of Craigleith (Newhall)

William Hoppringill the 1st of Craigleith is believed to be the second son of Alexander Hoppringill, the second son of Adam Hoppringill of that Ilk who was the son of William Hoppringill the 1st to be designated of that Ilk.

  • William Hoppringill, 1st of Craigleith and Whitton, Constable of Cessford Castle
    • Alexander Hoppringill, 2nd of Craigleith
      • Robert Hoppringill, 3rd of Craigleith, died at Flodden in 1513.
        • Alexander Hoppringill, 4th of Craigleith and Williamhope.
          • George Hoppringill, 5th of Craigleith, died 1602.
            • George Hoppringill, 6th of Craigleith
              • James Hoppringill, Master of Craigleith, predeceased his father
                • Robert Pringle, 7th of Newhall, died in 1667. Succeeded by his uncle Robert in Caverton.
              • Robert Hoppringill in Caverton, 8th of Newhall. Dispones the lands of Newhall to Sir Robert Pringle of Stitchill, 1st Bart.
              • George Hoppringill, apprentice Surgeon in Edinburgh.
              • William Hoppringill
                • James Hoppringill, born 1642.
              • Thomas Hoppringill
            • Robert Hoppringill of Baitingbush, 1st of Stitchill - see his descendants below.
            • John Hoppringill, died 1627
              • James Hoppringill, apprentice tailor in Edinburgh.
            • Thomas Hoppringill
          • Robert Hoppringill
            • George Hoppringill, legitimised in 1577.
        • George Hoppringill


The Pringles of Stichill, Craigcrook, Lochton, Edgefield and Weens

  • Robert Pringill of Baitingbush (now Batenbush), 1st Laird of Stitchill, born 1581, died 1649. MP Roxburghs 1639 and 1641. Ratification in favour of Robert Pringle of Stichill.
    • John Pringill, Master of Stichill, predeceased his father in 1646.
      • Sir Robert Pringill, 2nd Laird and 1st Baronet (Nova Scotia) of Stitchill, so created 5th Jan 1682/3. MP Roxburghshire 1678 and 1682. Succeeded to Newhall in 1667. Died 1692.Nova Scotia
        • Sir John Pringle, 3rd Laird of Stitchill, 2nd Baronet. (1662-1721).
          • Sir Robert Pringle, 4th Laird of Stitchill, 3rd Baronet. (1745-1779) Heir to his brother Gilbert Pringle of Torsonce.
            • John Pringle, died in 1840 whilst at Edinburgh University.
            • Colonel Sir James Pringle, 5th Laird of Stichill, 4th Baronet. Colonel in the 21st Regt. Royal Scots Fusiliers. Also served in the Royal Company of Archers of Scotland. H.M. Master of Works Scotland, MP Berwicks 1761-79. (1726-1809).
              • Robert Pringle, Lieut. in the 2nd Dragoon Guards. Died 1809.
              • Sir John Pringle, 6th Laird of Stichill, 5th Baronet. (1784-1869) Sold Stichill.
                • James Pringle, died unmarried in 1865.
                • Norman Pringle, drowned at Woolwich.
                • John-Robert Pringle, died on a ship from India in 1847.
              • Major Sir Norman Pringle of Newhall, 6th Baronet, of the 21st Regt. Royal Scots Fusiliers. (1787-1870). British Consul in Stockholm and Dunkirk.
                • Colonel Sir Norman-William-Drummond Pringle of Newhall, 7th Baronet. 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment. JP Selkirk. Member of the Royal Company of Archers. (1836-1897).
                  • Captain Sir Norman-Robert Pringle of Newhall, 8th Baronet. (1871-1919). Newhall was sold by his widow.
                    • Sir Ronald-Steuart Pringle of Newhall, 9th Baronet. (1905-1968).
                      • Sir Norman Murray Archibald MacGregor Pringle, 10th Baronet of Stichill. (1941-present). 18th Laird of Craigleith/Newhall and 11th Laird of Stichill.
                        • Alaster Steuart Ronald Pringle, Master of Stichill. (1972-present).
                    • James-Drummond Pringle, born 1906.
                • Francis-John Pringle, a Lieut. in the army, died unmarried.
                • Walter-Louis Pringle, a Senior Clerk in the Privy Council, died 1884.
            • Francis Pringle, W.S. Died unmarried in 1760.
          • Gilbert Pringle of Torsonce. Married the heiress of the last Hoppringle of that ilk.
          • Walter Pringle, Advocate and Sheriff-depute of Roxburgh.
          • Dr. Sir John Pringle of Pall Mall, London, 1st Baronet. President of the Royal Society. Born 1707, died 1782.
        • Sir Walter Pringle of Lochton, Lord Newhall
          1. Robert Pringle of Lochton. Lands passed to Stitchill.
        • Robert Pringle, Under Secretary of State for Scotland for King William III.
          1. Robert of the Middle Temple, no issue.
        • Thomas Pringle W.S.
          1. Robert Pringle, Lord Edgefield, of the Court of Session. Sheriff-Depute of Banffshire.
            • 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.Admiral Thomas Pringle RN
          2. John Pringle W.S.
            • 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.
        • Dr Francis Pringle of Newhall
          • George Pringle, died unmarried in 1759.
        • Captain Archibald Pringle of Colonel Hamilton’s Regiment of Foot. Died unmarried in Edinburgh.
      • Walter Pringill of Craigcrook, Advocate, died 1685.
        • John Pringle of Craigcrook, writer in Edinburgh
        • Walter Pringle
        • Robert Pringle, writer in Edinburgh.
      • Francis Pringill of Rowiston, Greenlaw.
        • Alexander Pringle, Ensign in the Army. Died 1702 in Edinburgh.
        • Francis Pringle, one of the Regents of the College of St Andrews.
      • James Pringill
      • Wiliam Pringill
    • Walter Pringill of Greenknowe - for his descendants see our Greenknowe page.


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.

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.


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

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

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


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 the Order 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_james_pringle_stichill 4th Baronet by David Martin 1737 - 98

Sir Walter Pringle, Lord Newhall

Sir Walter Pringle , Lord Newhall by Allan

Sir John Pringle

Francis Pringle









Coffee pot made at West Pans in East Lothian





Pringle of Stitchill





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Stichill House

Stichill village


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