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Alfred Lionel Pringle (1845 - 1895)

Alfred was the fifth child and third son of John Pringle and Georgiana Ramsbottom, known to friends and family as "Lionel" and "Uncle Lion".

Alfred Lionel Pringle was born on 9 Jul 1845 in Paris, France, and was baptized there nearly a month later (on the seventh of August). Very little is known about Lionel's personal life. He was listed twice on the 1851 census, once at home with his parents in London and once as a visitor at the London home of his aunt and uncle, James and Louisa Wright. In the 1861 census, he was at school in Kent. Two years later, he was admitted to the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. Lionel was commissioned as Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery at the beginning of 1866, rising to the honorary rank of Major at his retirement in 1885. During his career, he served as Adjutant of the Militia Artillery and took part in the Hazara Campaign of 1868 (for which he received the India Service Medal). One of the few non-military documents to turn up shows that he also invested in Great Western Railway stock, along with his older brother, John Eliot Pringle.

On 3 Apr 1873, at the age of 27 years, Lionel married Charlotte Ellen Atkinson at Trinity Church in Paddington, London. Their progeny consisted of two sons and one granddaughter, Miss Kathleen Pringle. (This granddaughter, dying unmarried in 1988, was known to her family as having been the last Pringle of Torsonce.)

Lionel and his family lived, for some time, in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. They then made their home at Woodlands on St. John's Road in Richmond, Surrey. It was there that Lionel died on 21 Jan 1895, at the young age of 49 years. He was buried four days later (following cremation) at St. John's Church in Woking, Surrey.