Pringle baronets

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Baronetcy of Pringle of Stichill
Pringle of Stichill arms.svg
Coat of arms of the Pringles of Stichill: Azure, three escallops, or
Creation date 5 January 1683
Monarch Charles II
Peerage Baronetage of Nova Scotia
First holder Sir Robert Pringle, 1st Baronet
Present holder Sir Norman Murray Pringle, 10th Baronet
Heir apparent Alastair Steuart Ronald Pringle
Remainder to The male heirs of his [Robert Pringle of Stichill] body
Former seat(s) Stitchill House, Roxburghshire
Undermount, Bonchurch, Isle of Wight

There have been two baronetcies created for members of the Scottish Pringle family, one in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia and one in the Baronetage of Great Britain. As of 2015, one creation is extant.

The Pringle Baronetcy, of Stichill in the County of Roxburgh, was created in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia on 5 January 1683 for Robert Pringle.[1] The fourth Baronet sat as Member of Parliament for Berwickshire.

The Pringle Baronetcy, of Pall Mall, was created in the Baronetage of Great Britain on 5 June 1766 for the physician John Pringle. He was the youngest son of the second Baronet of the 1673 creation. The title became extinct on his death in 1782.

2013-2016 dispute over lineage[edit]

The 10th Baronet was Commandant General Royal Marines from 1981 to 1985. After his death in 2013, the title was claimed by his eldest son, Simon. However, DNA testing, originally gathered to determine who the current clan chief of the Clan Pringle (dormant since 1738) should be, showed that the 10th baronet was not genetically related to the rest of the Pringle clan. Steuart's first cousin (and therefore Simon's first cousin once removed) Norman Murray Pringle (born 3 August 1941) contested the title, on the basis that the 9th baronet should have been his father, Ronald Steuart Pringle (26 April 1905 – 24 July 1968), the younger, legitimate son of the 8th baronet. While the dispute continued, the baronetcy was dormant, due to the conflicting claims of Murray Pringle and Simon Pringle since neither had proven their right of succession to the baronetcy over the other. As a consequence neither was entered on the Official Roll of the Baronetage.[2]

The Queen, acting under the Judicial Committee Act 1833,[3] referred the matter to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council,[4] which held its hearings on the matter in November 2015[5][6] and January 2016.[1][7] It delivered its ruling on 20 June 2016,[8] determining that DNA evidence[9] proved that Sir Norman Hamilton Pringle, 9th Baronet, was conceived adulterously and was not the son of Sir Norman Robert Pringle, 8th Baronet. As such, on the latter's death, the baronetcy rightfully passed to his first biological son, Ronald Steuart Pringle, and then to his son, Norman Murray Pringle.

In delivering the judgment, Lord Hodge expressed sympathy for the late Steuart Pringle and his son Simon, stating:

On 27 June 2016 Grant Bavister, Assistant Register to the Baronetage at the Ministry of Justice, entered Sir Ronald Steuart Pringle and his son Sir Norman Murray Pringle onto the Official Roll of the Baronetage, as the 9th and 10th Baronets. He also removed Norman Hamilton Pringle and his son Steuart Robert Pringle from the Roll, in accordance with the Royal Warrant of 1910. Certificates of succession to this effect were issued to Sir Norman Murray Pringle on 1 July 2016.

Pringle baronets, of Stichill (1683)[edit]

Sir John Pringle, 1st Baronet of Pringle of Pall Mall
The grave of Sir Norman William Pringle and his son Sir Norman Robert Pringle, Brompton Cemetery, London
  • Sir Robert Pringle, 1st Baronet (died c. 1700)
  • Sir John Pringle, 2nd Baronet (1662–1721)
  • Sir Robert Pringle, 3rd Baronet (1690–1779)
  • Sir James Pringle, 4th Baronet (1726–1809)
  • Sir John Pringle, 5th Baronet (1784–1869)
  • Sir Norman Pringle, 6th Baronet (1787–1870)
  • Sir Norman William Drummond Pringle, 7th Baronet (1836–1897)
  • Sir Norman Robert Pringle, 8th Baronet (1871–1919) - war grave
  • Sir Ronald Steuart Pringle, 9th Baronet (1905-1968)
  • Sir Norman Murray Archibald MacGregor Pringle, 10th Baronet (b. 1941)

The heir apparent to the Baronetcy is the present holder's only son, Alastair Steuart Ronald Pringle (b 1972)

Relatives who were incorrectly registered as Baronets of Stichill:

Pringle baronets, of Pall Mall (1766)[edit]

See also[edit]


Further reading[edit]

  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.

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