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In the genes: 
The baronetcy of Stichill

Ane Vernon discusses how DNA evidence can be used to rebut the presumption of legitimacy and challenge succession to a hereditary title

25 July 2016

The baronetcy of Stichill was granted by King Charles II to Robert Pringle of Stichill 'ac heredibus masculis de suo corpore' (and the male heirs of his body).

Following the recent judgment of the Privy Council in In the matter of the Baronetcy of Pringle of Stichill [2016] UKPC 16, a line of the Pringle family unexpectedly found itself deprived of this title.

The matter turned on whether a boy born in 1903,
30 weeks into the marriage of the eighth baronet, Sir Norman Robert Pringle, was in fact fathered by the baronet.
The child, Norman Hamilton, became the ninth baronet
and his son Steuart became
the tenth baronet.

In 2009, Murray Pringle,
the grandson of the second-born son of the eighth baronet, set out to determine the chieftainship of the Pringle clan using genetic testing. Murray asked Sir Steuart Pringl...

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