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"Hampshire Telegraph and Sussex Chronicle" 13 January 1855, page 5:
At the monthly examination of officers qualifying for promotion, and candidates for entry into the navy, which terminated on Thursday, at the Royal Naval College, the following passed and received certificates:—
For Naval Cadets.— Messrs. J. Eliot Pringle and Wm. S. Gordon, from Mr. Eastman's Preparatory Naval Establishment, Southsea; . . .


"Hampshire Telegraph" 06 Jan 1875, page 2:
NAVAL PROMOTION AND APPOINTMENTS.
Lieutenant— J.E. Pringle, to be lieutenant-commanding the gun-boat Tyrian, vice Cole, superseded at his own request.


"Hampshire Telegraph" 30 Nov 1878, page 4:
The Vulture, 3, double screw gunvessel, 664 tons, 160 horse-power, Commander J.E. Pringle, was in the Persian Gulf on October 5th.

"Hampshire Telegraph" 27 Dec 1879, page 8:
The Vulture, 3, double screw gunvessel, 664 tons, 160 horse-power, Commander J.E. Pringle, was to leave Bushire on the 21st of October for Bahrein. It is stated that the Treasury has sanctioned the sum of 700l. to be paid to this ship for the capture of some dhows on that station.

"Hampshire Telegraph" 10 Jan 1880, page 4:
The Vulture, 3, double screw gunvessel, 664 tons, 160 horse-power, Commander J.E. Pringle, had arrived at Bombay. Rear-Admiral Jones had transferred his flag to the Vulture.

"Hampshire Telegraph" 27 Mar 1880, page 4:
THE EAST INDIAN STATION.
The Vulture, 3, double screw gunvessel, 664 tons, 160 horse-power, Commander J.E. Pringle, was at Muscat, at the disposal of the Resident in the Persian Gulf.


"Hampshire Telegraph" 22 May 1880, page 4:
The Vulture, 3, double screw gunvessel, 664 tons, 160 horse-power, Commander J.E. Pringle, was a Bushire, and was to leave for Kurrachee and Bombay about the end of May.

"London Standard" 18 Oct 1880, page 2:
NAVAL AND MILITARY NEWS
The Vulture, 3, double screw gun vessel, Commander J. Eliot Pringle, arrived at Devonport from the East Indies on Thursday, and left for Sheerness to be paid off on Saturday, where she was commissioned December 28, 1876.


"Portsmouth Evening News" 21 Oct 1880, page 2:
NAVAL AND MILITARY NEWS
H.M.S. VULTURE.— The Culture, 3, double-screw gun vessel, 774 (664) tons, 847 (160) horse power, Commander John Eliot Pringle, has arrived at Sheerness from the East India station. She has been absent from England since December 26th, 1876. She was inspected soon after her arrival in harbour by Captain T.B.M. Sullivan, and Commander Pringle was complimented upon the condition of his ship and the efficiency of his crew. The Vulture will be dismantled and paid out of commission at Sheerness, after which she will be put into the fourth division of the Medway steam reserve.


"Morning Post" 25 Feb 1882, page 3:
ADMIRALTY, Friday. APPOINTMENTS. Commanders— . . . J.E. Pringle, to the Falcon, vice Shelby.

"Hampshire Advertiser" 04 Nov 1882, page 4:
The Falcon, gunvessel, Commander J.E. Pringle, left Alexandria for Malta on Monday.

"Portsmouth Evening News" 23 Nov 1882, page 2:
THE MEDITERRANEAN STATION.--- The Falcon, gun-vessel, Commander J.E. Pringle, would leave about the 20th inst. for Alexandria with mails.

"Hampshire Advertiser" 20 Jan 1883, page 4:
The Falcon, gunvessel, Commander J.E. Pringle, belonging to the Mediterranean squadron, has been ordered to Port Said.

"Hampshire Advertiser" 17 Nov 1883, page 8:
The Falcon, gunvessel, Commander J.E. Pringle was at Constantinople on the 31st ult.

"Morning Post" 16 April 1884, page 5:
NAVAL AND MILITARY INTELLIGENCE
Her Majesty's gun-vessel Falcon, Com. J.E. Pringle, was to leave Syracuse on the 10th inst., and is ordered to proceed on a cruise along the coast of Italy, &c., to Gibralter, and to visit Naples, Leghorn, Spezzia, Genoa, Villafranca, Ajaccio, Mahon, Barcelona, and Cathagena, staying at each place a few days, and then to Gibralter, and wait further orders.


"Hampshire Advertiser" 28 Jun 1884, page 8:
The Falcon, gunvessel, Commander J.E. Pringle, arrived at Gibraltar on the 20th instant.

"Morning Post" 02 Jul 1884, page 5:
Her Majesty's gun-cessel Falcon, Com. J.E. Pringle, left Gibraltar for Malta on Sunday last.

"Morning Post" 03 Nov 1884, page 3:
The Falcon, gun-vessel, Commander J.E. Pringle, has proceeded to Suakim, and the Cruiser was at Malta on the 27th ult.

"Hampshire Advertiser" 27 Dec 1884, page 8:
The Falcon, gunvessel, Commander J.E. Pringle, was at Massowah on the 4th instant.

"Hampshire Advertiser" 07 Feb 1885, page 4:
The Falcon, gunvessel. Commander J.E. Pringle, arrived at Suakim from Massowah on December 23rd, and left again, on her return to Massowah, on the 25th.

"Hampshire Advertiser" 07 Feb 1885, page 4:
The Falcon, gunvessel. Commander J.E. Pringle, arrived at Suakim from Massowah on December 23rd, and left again, on her return to Massowah, on the 25th.

"Naval and Military Gazette" 18 Feb 1885, page 4:
FALCON, 3, screw composite gun-vessel, Commander J.E. Pringle, was paid off at Malta on the 9th February, and would be recommissioned the following day.

"Hampshire Advertiser" 14 Mar 1885, page 8:
The Falcon, gunvessel, Commander J.E. Pringle, is at Malta under repair.

"Morning Post" 21 Jun 1887, page 2:
NAVAL AND MILITARY INTELLIGENCE.
The following appointments were made at the Admiralty yesterday: . . . J.E. Pringle, to the Cyclops; S.E. Darwin, to the Mercury, to date July 5 . . .


"Morning Post" 04 Nov 1890, page 5:
The Carysfort, 14, Capt. J.E. Pringle, which was recommissioned at Malta in June, 1887, has received orders to return home to pay off.

"Hampshire Advertiser" 16 Jan 1886, page 8:
The Falcon, gunvessel, Commander J.E. Pringle, was at Suakim on the 16th ult., and would leave for Suez on the arrival of the Dolphin, the latter vessel being relieved at Halaib by the Condor.

"The Times" 20 Apr 1892, page 6:
In accordance with the provisions of her Majesty's Orders in Council of February 22, 1870, Capt. John Eliot Pringle has this day been placed on the Retired List, at his own request.

"The Annual Register" 1909, page 115:
[March 1909] On the 6th, aged 65, Rear=Admiral John Eliot Pringle; had served in the Baltic during the Russian War and against slavers in East Africa, and had commanded H.M.S. 'Falcon' in the Egyptian War of 1882; retired 1899.

"The Times" 21 March 1908, p. 7-8:
REAR-ADMIRAL JOHN ELIOT PRINGLE, of Broke-hall, Nacton, who died recently at Bordighera of heart failure, was a son of the late Lieutenant-Colonel Pringle of the Coldstream Guards. He was born in 1842, entered the Royal Navy in 1855, and in the same year saw active service in the Baltic at the bombardment of Sveaborg, in the Gulf of Finland. He was promoted to commander in January, 1876. When in command of the Vulture on the East Coast of Africa he attacked with the boats of the ship and captured, after a desperate resistance, 15 piratical dhows near El Khatif on October 11, 1876. During the Egyptian war of 1882 he commanded the Falcon and received the Egyptian medal, the Khedive's bronze star, and the Medjidiah of the third class. For the able manner in which he quelled a disturbance at Port Said in 1883, landing a detachment of seamen and Marines for the purpose, he received a letter of thanks from the principal inhabitants. He was promoted to captain in 1884, and in 1888 received from the Sultan of Turkey the Medjidiah of the second class, a promotion in the order. As a midshipman when in the Gorgon he was awarded the bronze medal of the Royal Humane Societ for jumping overboard at sea and supporting a boy in the water until assistance arrived. In 1892 he retired and in 1899 was promoted on the retired list to flag rank. He was a J.P. for Herts.

"Evening Star" 13 Jul 1908, page 4:
ADMIRAL PRINGLE'S BEQUESTS TO THE NATION.
Rear-Admiral John Eliot Pringle, R.N., of Broke Hall, Nacton, near Ipswich, who died on the 6th March, left estate valued at £27,978 14 s. 7d. gross, with net personalty £27,478 17 s. 10d. He left his portrait of Wm. Pitt (the younger) by Sir George Romney, his family portraits and the miniatures, Orders and Decorations of Sir Wm. Pringle and Lord Chatham, and certain other articles of like nature, to his wife for life; and on her decease, he left his portrait of William Pitt (the younger), by Sir George Romney, to the National Gallery for the use of the nation, to be hung in the National Gallery, but not in the National Portrait Gallery. He also left his Chatham and Pitt Papers to the Master of the Rolls, as representing the Public Record Office, to keep the said papers preserved in that office for the use of the nation, and for purposes of historical research.