Person John Pringle 1476

Born
1770
Areas of activity
  • Composer of tunes

This information about John Pringle has been distilled from issues 2174 and 2175.

He was born in 1770, probably in the Borders, but settled in Edinburgh. He was a fiddler and composer and also described as a dancing master. He was half brother to John Howison who was also a fiddler.

He published two collections of tunes 1801 and 1802. Some of these were used for SCD and some for step dance, eg Robinslaw, for Highland Ladies (Rene Fidler). He was credited with writing the tune for "Dance to your Daddy, my bonny Babby", still a popular Tyneside folk song.

He accompanied Lord Minto to Calcutta but unfortunately died shortly after arriving though the exact date is not known.

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