PRINGLE, Mark (1754-1812), of Fairnielee, Selkirk.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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14 Apr. 1786 - 1802

Family and Education

b. 10 Jan. 1754, o.s. of John Pringle of Crichton, Midlothian by Anne, da. of Robert Rutherford of Fairnielee, Selkirk.  educ. Edinburgh h.s.; St. John’s, Camb. 1771; I. Temple 1769; adv. 1777, Grand Tour 1777-8.1  m. 22 Sept. 1795, Anne Elizabeth, da. of Robert Chalmers, solicitor, of Larbert and Musselburgh, 2s. 1da.  suc. fa. 1782; served heir to his maternal gd.-fa. in Fairnielee 1786; suc. his gd.-uncle John Pringle in Clifton and Haining estates 1792.

Offices Held

Dep. judge adv. and clerk of courts martial in Scotland Apr. 1782; jt. chamberlain and receiver of Crown rents of Ettrick Forest Feb. 1786.


Mark Pringle succeeded his grand uncle as Member for Selkirkshire in March 1786. He voted with Pitt on the Regency. In the Opposition survey of Scotland in 1788-9 his politics were thus described:2‘Will go with the Duke of Buccleuch and Dundas, or rather with Pringle of Clifton, through whom he will succeed to a great estate, and who will always incline to support Government.’

He died 25 Apr. 1812.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Edith Lady Haden-Guest


  • 1. Add. 35515, f. 257.
  • 2. Adam. Pol. State of Scotland, 320.