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From time to time, I receive complaints that I should not be including the Pringles as a sept of the Douglases.
Whilst I like to leave the decision to others, I include the item as a reference.
Today, it is revealed that the problems facing the Pringles are deeper.
The village of Stichill lies in the historic territory of the Pringles, a notorious Riding family of Border Reivers. The Pringles of Stichill are a cadet branch of the Pringles of Smailholm. Robert Pringle of Bartingbush purchased the lands of Stichill in 1628, and his grandson, another Robert Pringle, was created 1st Pringle Baronet of Stichill, in the Baronetcy of Nova Scotia, in 1683. Most recently, the laird was Lt-Gen Sir Steuart Robert Pringle, KCB, 10th Baronet, who I met in the mid-1980s, and who died in 2013 and whose succession is disputed.
The Queen has asked senior judges to make decisions on the dispute under laws dating back more than 150 years.
Seven judges are analysing evidence at a hearing of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London.
The 10th Baronet, Sir Steuart Pringle, a retired Royal Marine commander who survived an IRA bomb attack, died in 2013 aged 84, judges have heard, and his son Simon, and Murray - his second cousin - disagree over who should claim the title.
Lawyers for Murray Pringle, said Simon, should not become the 11th Baronet because there has been a "break in the line of paternity". They say tests have shown that Sir Steuart's DNA "did not match that of the Pringle lineage".
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