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Pringle of Stichill and Craiglatch/Craighleith 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, 1st Laird of Stitchill; MP Roxburghs 1639 and 1641. - Second son of George (I) of Newhall. Ratification in favour of Robert Pringle of Stichill.
  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 Norman Hamilton ‘Pringle’, 9th Baronet; (1903-1961) Squadron Leader RAF during WW II.
  12. 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.

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


10/10/15 - The Mail On Sunday: Queen demands DNA to be tested in court to settle dispute over 330 year old baronet title.

11/10/15 - The Telegraph: Queen intervenes to settle aristocratic feud opening way to title pretenders

24/11/15 - The Guardian: Accountant says DNA evidence proves Scottish title is rightfully his.

25/11/15 - BBC News: Legal dispute over Pringle of Stichill baronetcy.

25/11/15 - The Herald Scotland: Judges hear family dispute over Scottish baronetcy

25/11/15 - Scottish Legal News: Privy Council to hear rare Scottish baronetcy dispute case

26/11/15 - The Telegraph: Supreme Court judge could rule a 'cuckoo in the nest' topples ancient lineage.

26/11/15 - The Daily Mail: The battle of the Pringles: DNA test could decide fate of Scottish baronetcy after pretender claims late holder of the title was illegitimate and should never have inherited it.

26/11/15 - BBC News: Pringle of Stichill baronetcy decision "finally" sought.

26/11/15 - The Herald Scotland: Judges asked for decision in Scottish baronetcy wrangle.

26/11/15 - The Scotsman: Rivals do battle for 330-year-old Scottish baronial title.

27/11/15 - The Times: Cousins fight claim to Scots baronetcy

Court Artist:


The Standing Council of the Baronetage -


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 (who is a senior member of the Pringle of Stitchill family.)
He can be contacted via E-mail: jbp email
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 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.


Sir Walter Pringle, Lord Newhall

sir_james_pringle_stichill 4th Baronet by David Martin 1737 - 98

Coffee pot made at West Pans in East Lothian















Stichill House

Stichill village






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