William Henry Pringle

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Sir William Henry Pringle
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William Henry Pringle by Andrew Plimer
Born21 August 1772
Died23 December 1840
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Years of service1792–1840
RankLieutenant General
Unit27th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Foot
Battles/warsPeninsular War
AwardsOrder of the Bath
Other workMember of Parliament

Lieutenant-General Sir William Henry Pringle GCB (21 August 1772[1] – 23 December 1840) was a British Army officer who served as a Member of Parliament (MP) for two constituencies in Cornwall.[2]

He was born the eldest son of Maj-Gen. Henry Pringle, of Dublin and educated privately and at Trinity College Dublin.

He joined the British Army as a cornet and progressed to the rank of Colonel of the 64th Foot in 1816. Further promotion to Lieutenant-General followed before he was transferred as Colonel for life in 1837 to the 45th Regiment of Foot. He was made KCB in 1815 and GCB in 1834.

He was MP for St Germans from 1812 to 1818, and then for Liskeard from 1818 to 1832.

He died in 1840. He had married Harriet Hester Eliot on 20 May 1806[3] (the daughter and heiress of Hon. Edward James Eliot) with whom he had a son and 4 daughters.


  1. ^ Diary of Maj Gen Henry Pringle
  2. ^ "PRINGLE, William Henry (?1771-1840), of 17 Stratford Place, Marylebone, Mdx". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  3. ^ "The Pringle Connection".
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for St Germans
With: Henry Goulburn
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Liskeard
With: William Eliot 1818–26
Edward Eliot 1826–32
Succeeded by
Military offices
Preceded by Colonel of the 64th (2nd Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by