The Military Sale: Medals, Orders,Decorations Books & other Militaria | 06 November 2013
Lieutenant-General Sir William Henry Pringle GCB - A Collection of Knights...
Sold for £3800
Lieutenant-General Sir William Henry Pringle GCB (c. 1771 - 23 December 1840) - A Collection of Knights of the Garter Ceremonial Robes, including a full length fuchsia coloured silk robe with a cream lining, with a large embroidered device with three central crowns and the words 'Tria Juncta in Uno' (The Most Honourable Order of The Bath), bearing tailor's label inscribed 'John Hunter. Robe Maker. 16 Maddox Street. London', 'Sir William Pringle'
Military: Entered the Army as Cornet, 16th Light Dragoons, 1792; Lieutenant, 1793; Captain, 1794; Major, 111th Foot, 1794; Lieutenant-Colonel, 1799; Colonel, 1809; Major-General, 1812; Colonel, 64th Foot, 1816, the 56th Foot, 1838; Lieutenant-General, 1825.Commanded a brigade in the Peninsula War at Salamanca, Pyrenees, Orthes, and Nivelle; severely wounded in 1814.
Office: [M.P.] Member of Parliament for Liskeard, 1820-1830.
Honours: Received thanks from the House of Commons, 1813 and 1814.
Honours: Grand Knight Cross of the Order of the Bath, 1834.
Pringle, who had married William Pitt’s niece in 1806, served with distinction in the Peninsula and survived being shot through the body at Orthes in 1814. Nevertheless, Charles William Wynn, president of the board of control, when reviewing potential candidates for the Indian command in 1825, wrote that he ‘appears a very dull man, and never has been in any situation which enabled him to exhibit the sort of ability which is required'.
In the Commons, where he sat undisturbed for Cornish boroughs controlled by his wife’s uncles, the 1st and 2nd earls of St. Germans, he was an occasional attender who continued to give silent support to Lord Liverpool’s ministry. He divided against economies in revenue collection, 4 July 1820. He voted in defence of ministers’ conduct towards Queen Caroline, 6 Feb. 1821. He divided for Catholic relief, 28 Feb. He voted against repeal of the additional malt duty, 3 Apr., and Hume’s economy and retrenchment motion, 27 June 1821. He divided against more extensive tax reductions, 11, 21 Feb., and abolition of one of the joint-postmasterships, 13 Mar. 1822. He voted in defence of the lord advocate’s conduct towards the Scottish press, 25 June 1822. He divided against repeal of the Foreign Enlistment Act, 16 Apr., and inquiry into the prosecution of the Dublin Orange rioters, 22 Apr. 1823.
He voted for the Irish insurrection bill, 14 June 1824. The previous month he had obtained official permission to ‘pass through the Horse Guards, on horseback occasionally’, on his way to the Commons from his house just north of Oxford Street. He divided for Catholic relief, 1 Mar., 21 Apr. (paired), 10 May 1825. On 15 Apr. he was one of three Members who confirmed that they had not heard the question put for the division on the Southwark paving bill, and whose names were subsequently added to the favourable minority. He voted for the financial provision for the Duke of Cumberland, 30 May, 10 June 1825. It was said of him at this time that he ‘attended occasionally and voted with ministers’.
Pringle died suddenly of a ‘disease of the heart’ in December 1840. He left an inherited estate in county Armagh to his only son John Henry, and the remainder of his property to his wife, noting that ‘almost all I am possessed of I have through her’; his personalty was sworn under £14,000. His widow, who died in 1842, distributed £41,000 among their four daughters and left her inheritance of £5,000 from the 1st earl of St. Germans to John Henry; her personalty was sworn under £14,000 and the residue calculated for duty at £2,309.
Wednesday 06 November 2013, 10.30am
24 Maddox Street
Sunday 3rd November 10.00am-5.00 pm
Monday 4th November 9.30am - 5.30pm
Tuesday 5th November 9.30am - 7.30pm
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