Robert Pringle, SV/PROG

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About Robert Pringle, SV/PROG

1820 British Settler

Robert Pringle 65, Agriculturist, together with his wife Beatrice Scott 49 and 5 children, were members of Pringle's Party of 24 Settlers on the Settler Ship Brilliant.

Party originated from Scotland.

Departure Gravesend, London 15 February 1820. Arrival Simon's Bay - 30 April 1820. Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth 15 May 1820

Area Allocated to the Party : Baviaans River, Cradock

Children :

  • Thomas Pringle 31
  • John Pringle 28.
  • William Dods Pringle 11,
  • Catherine Haitlie Pringle 9.
  • Beatrice Scott Pringle 3.


Death Notice

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The 1820 Settler Pringles came out under the nominal leadership of Robert Pringle, SV/PROG (*1753 †1838), of the farm Easterstead, also known as Blakelaw in Teviotdale, who arrived in Algoa Bay (where Port Elizabeth was founded later in the same year) with his family aboard the Brilliant in 1820. (Easterstead was left in the hands of his eldest son William Pringle, who emigrated to South Africa in 1822.)

The family members of the Pringle party comprised Robert, 60, his second wife, née Beatrix Scott, 40, Robert and Beatrix’s children William Dods Pringle, Snr., 10, Catherine Haitlie Pringle, 9, and Beatrice Scott Pringle, 4; and two adult sons (children of Robert’s first wife, Catherine Heatlie), John Pringle, 30, and Thomas Pringle, 29. With Thomas were his wife Margaret, 32, and her sister Janet Brown, 35.

The actual leader of the party was Thomas (*1789 †1834), who is remembered as a poet and journalist, while the South African branch of the family is descended from Thomas’s brothers William (*1780 †1837), John (*1791 †1864) and William Dods (*1809 †1876).

The party sailed from Gravesend on 15 February 1820 and arrived in Simon’s Bay on 30 April. Only Robert was allowed to go ashore in Simonstown. The party was initially landed in Algoa Bay on 16 May, but its members were told they had been landed out of turn. They returned to the Brilliant and were eventually brought ashore on the 25th. They were encamped on the beach in the vicinity of what is now Griffin Street (the bottom end of Russell Road), in the heart of Port Elizabeth.

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Robert Pringle, SV/PROG's Timeline

Linton, Scotland
Age 27
Blakelaw, Roxburghshire, Scotland
Age 32
Blakelaw, Roxburghshire, Scotland
April 21, 1787
Age 34
Blakelaw, Roxburghshire, Scotland
January 5, 1789
Age 36
Roxburghshire, Scotland UK
Age 37
Blakelaw, Roxburghshire, Scotland
Age 39
Blakelaw, Roxburghshire, Scotland
Age 42
Blakelaw, Roxburghshire, Scotland
May 5, 1809
Age 56
Blaiklaw, Linton, Scotland