Robert Pringle was an 1820 Settler and the leader of Pringle's Party on the 'Brilliant', embarking at Gravesend, Kent, England on 15 Feb 1820. He was accompanied by three of his sons: John (32), Thomas (31), William Dods (10) and two daughters Catherine (7) and Beatrice (3). A fourth son Alexander emigrated to Wilmington, Delaware. His eldest son William arrived in the eastern Cape in 1822. Pringle's party on the 'Brilliant' consisted of: Pringles - Robert (67), his wife Beatrix Scott Pringle (46), son Thomas (31), son John (32), son William Dods Pringle (10), daughters Catherine Haitlie P (7) and Beatrice Scott P (3); Thomas Pringle's wife Margaret (40), her sister Janet Brown. Rennies - George Rennie (22), his brother John Brown Rennie (21), his brother Peter (18), their mother Elizabeth Rennie (Brown) a widow, their sister Elizabeth (17) and George's ward Charles Rennie (9); also their ploughman James Ekron (20). Ridgards - Ezra (29), his wife Elizabeth (24) and their children Andrew (2) and Mary Ann (1). William Elliott (27) Charles Sydserff (23) and his two ploughmen Alexander Mortimer and James Souness. Robert became a farmer at 'Lower Clifton', Glen Lynden, where he died in 1838.
Memorial of Mr Thomas PRINGLE To His Excellency Sir R. S. Donkin, K.C.B., Acting Governor of the Cape of Good Hope, &c., &c., &c. The Memorial of Thomas Pringle Humbly Sheweth That Memorialist, being the head of a Party of Settlers located on the Baviaan's River, is induced by the earnest solicitations of his party as well as by his own sense of its expediency to apply to your Excellency for an enlargement of his original location, upon the following grounds, viz.: A twelvemonth's experience has convinced Memorialist and his party that the location is not adapted for the cultivation of grain to any profitable extent, owing to the difficulty of the roads, and the distance from Market, and above all the slackness and un-certainty of the water. They are satisfied however that the place is favorable for Cattle, and are willing to direct their chief atten-tion to that resource, cultivating at the same time as much land as can be irrigated and improving their farms to the uttermost; but as they are situated at the upper extremity of a narrow glen, bounded on three sides by barren and precipitous mountains, they humbly submit to your Excellency that an enlargement of their location is necessary to afford a competent subsistence for eight families (besides their English Servants and Hottentot Herdsmen), since they must of necessity derive their profits almost exclusively from pasturage.
With this view it may perhaps not be improper to explain to your Excellency the situation of the several families which compose the Party.
1st. Memorialist, his Father, and Brother, three Families with one English Servant, have only claim, in terms of the Circular Letter from Earl Bathurst, to 400 acres of Land, an extent which in the position they find themselves placed is quite inadequate to afford them and their increasing families a comfortable subsist-ence, much less to enable them gradually to improve their Condition. 2nd. The three Messrs. Rennie, young Farmers from East Lothian, having no European Servants, rank only as three fami-lies, and consequently have only claim to 300 acres. 3rd. E. Ridgard, a saddler with a Wife and two Children, possesses by the same claim 100 acres, but as he may improve his situation by following his profitable trade, he is less dependant on the resources of his small allotment. 4th. Mr Sydserff, who brought out two English Servants, occupies of the Location only 300 Acres, but has already ex-perienced your Excellency's bounty in an additional grant of 500 acres. These are the Heads of families that compose the party, (amounting in all to 22 Souls), and in whose behalf this Memorial is respectfully submitted to your Excellency's consideration.
It is not for them to judge what additional portion of Land may in their situation and circumstances be accounted a suitable allow-ance for each family, but they confidently commit their case to your Excellency's candid and considerate attention.
Memorialist also begs leave again respectfully to state to your Excellency what he formerly represented thro' the Deputy Colonial Secretary, that it would most essentially increase the comfort and security of himself and party if your Excellency shall be pleased to allot a portion of Land adjoining the location, or to be included in it, for Memorialist's two other Brothers, who with some Servants are this Season expected out from Scotland. Your Excellency has indeed already been graciously pleased to grant this request, as appears by letters from the Colonial Office ad-dressed to Memorialist, dated August 30th and September 27th 1820, but the grant has not- yet been formally confirmed.
To afford sufficient space for the purposes above stated, viz.: the enlargement of the original allotments to the respective Heads of families, and also a competent farm for Memorialist's two Brothers and the families expected out with them; a grant of the place called Klopper's Kraal in addition to the ground formerly added to the location by the Official communications above specified, and marked in the Chart of the Baviaan's River transmitted with said letters, is now humbly requested by Memori-alist and his party; a favorable answer to which request will perfectly satisfy their wants and wishes, and your Memorialist shall ever pray, &c., &c. (Signed) THOS. PRINGLE TEVIOTDALE, June 9th 1821.
Records of the Cape Colony - Volume 14 1821-1822 G M Theal
"Heese, J.A. & Lombard, R.T.J. “South African Genealogies 1” Human Sciences Research Council, 1992, ISBN 0-620-23962- v.8 page No.466 " [McArthur-306 : Ian McArthur - 24 Feb 2016]
'These are My People' by Eric Pringle of Glen Thorn. See also: 'Comdt. Holden Bowker' by Ivan Mitford-Barberton. [McArthur-306 : 18 Feb 2016]
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