Henry Pringle (10 Jul 1727 - 09 Feb 1800)

Individual Report for Henry Pringle.
FTM Individual Report for Henry Pringle
Sex: Male
Father: John Pringle
Mother: Sarah Dennis

Individual Facts:
Birth: 10 Jul 1727
Death: 09 Feb 1800 in Caledon, Ireland [1]

Spouse: Mary Godley
Marriage: 02 May 1767 in St. Mary's, Dublin [2]

Children:
William Henry Pringle
Caroline Pringle
Elizabeth Pringle

Person Notes:
— "The Ipswich Journal" 23 Jun 1750, page 2:
Mr. Henry Pringle to be Lieutenant in General Blakeney's Regiment in the room of Mr. Thomas Hopworth, who hath resign'd.

— "Caledonian Mercury" 25 Sep 1765, page 2:
Yesterday, Henry Pringle, Esq; kissed his Majesty's hand at St. James's, on being appointed Major to the fifty-sixth regiment of foot.

— "Saunder's News-Letter" 26 Feb 1776, page 3:
To be let from the first Day of May next, a House in Dorset-street, No. 26, now inhabited by the Hon. and Rev. Mr. Roper, adjoining Col. Pringles and Major Loftus's. The House is in excellent Repair, and provided with all necessary and elegant Fixtures. The Offices consist of a Coach-house and Stables. A Fine will be expected. For Particulars enquire at said House. This Advertisement to be continued three Times. Feb. 22, 1776.

— "Saunder's News-Letter" 5 Mar 1779, page 1:
War-office, Feb. 27, 1779.
His majesty has been pleased to appoint the following . . .
Lieutenant-Colonels to be Colonels: . . . Henry Pringle, of 51st foot.

— "Edinburgh Magazine" Vol. 14, 1799 [sic], page 240:
Deaths. 1800.
Feb. 9. At Caledon, in Ireland, Major-Gen. Pringle, who served his King and Country many years as an officer of the first eminence.

— "Washington County, New York: Its History to the Close of the Nineteenth Century" by William Stone, 1901, page 92:
Chapter IX.
1758-1763.
The campaign against Canada, of 1758, opened with great apparent spirit; the hostile incursions of the Canadian Indians serving to rouse the Colonists to greater activity. On the 13th of March of that year, a party of some seven hundred French and Indians, commanded by Duvantaye and the Sieur de Langly, surprised and fell upon a detachment of two hundred rangers, under Major Rogers, who were scouting in the neighborhood of Ticonderoga. The Indians brought back one hundred and forty-four scalps and some prisoners, among the later of whom were two officers --- Captain, afterwards Major-General Henry Pringle, and Lieutenant Roche. Rogers retired with fifteen men and two officers. Three days afterwards, these two officers, having wandered around and lost themselves in the forest in a vain attempt to escape, came into Fort St. Grederick (Ticonderoga) and surrendered themselves to the French.

— https://dmna.ny.gov/historic/articles/snowshoe2.htm
The Battle on Snowshoes . . .
Lieutenant Henry Pringle, writing later as a French prisoner, described the conclusion of the action to his former commanding officer:
Capt. Rogers with his party came to me, and said (as did all those with him) that a large body of Indians had ascended to our right; he likewise added, what was true, that the combat was very unequal, that I must retire, and he would give Mr. Roche and me a Sergeant to conduct us thru the mountain. No doubt prudence required us to accept his offer; but, besides one of my snowshoes being untied, I knew myself unable to march as fast as was required to avoid becoming a sacrifice to an enemy we could no longer oppose. I therefore begged of him to proceed and then leaned against a rock in the path, determined to submit to a fate I thought unavoidable. Unfortunately for Mr. Roche, his snow-shoes were loosened likewise, which obliged him to determine with me, not to labour in a flight we both were unequal to.

In the event Pringle and Roche both managed to escape from the battlefield in the darkness. They wandered in the forest half frozen until 20 March 1758, seven days later, when they reached Fort Carillon and succeeded in surrendering to French officers before the Indians encamped around the fort could claim them as captives.

— Index of Irish Wills 1484-1858:
First name(s): Henry
Last name: Pringle
Year: 1800
Date of grant: 19 March 1800
County: –
Status or occupation: Major General
Where grant proved: Prerogative Court
Document type: Will & Grant
Document status: Transcript
Ref.no. QRO/Misc. Docs./p201


Sources:
1 "Edinburgh Magazine" Vol. 14, 1799 [sic], page 240
2 "Armagh Clergy and Parishes" by James Leslie, 1911, page 62