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.
The Clan Pringle Association Newsletter is now available for download:
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.
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 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:
Our charitable aims and objectives are:
Your 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.
“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