I am helping my friend Christine with her family tree and we have come upon an interesting dead end. Christine's GGG Grandfather Walter Pringle born abt 1809 in Roxburghshire died 1867 Edinburgh. On his death certificate it states his father is Norman Pringle Major HM Army Mother Isabella Gray Grocery Shopkeeper (deceased). Walter married Margaret Parker born 1812 in Hull and their 3rd oldest child, a son William was born in Stitchel, Roxburghshire abt 1839. We can find no trace of an Isabella Gray and the only Major Norman Pringle we can find is Major Sir Norman Pringle of Stitchel who we know married Anne Steuart in 1826 in Edinburgh. Can anyone throw some light on this?
Hi Anne, Thanks for your reply, the Pringle Baronetcy is well documented and Sir Norman was only married once. We cannot find Walter in the 1851 census although we have his wife and family and his wife is marked as head of the family. Walter appears again in the 1861 census and dies in 1867. There is no sign of Sir Norman and family in 1851 in Scotland or England. Our feeling is that Walter was illigitimate.