Who is Thomas Pringle

Thomas Pringle (5 January 1789 – 5 December 1834) was a Scottish writer, poet and abolitionist. Known as the father of South African poetry, he was the first successful English language poet and author to describe South Africa's scenery, native peoples, and living conditions.


Born at Blaiklaw (now named Blakelaw), four miles south of Kelso in Roxburghshire he attended Kelso Grammar School and went on to study at Edinburgh University, where he developed a talent for writing. Injured in an accident in infancy, he did not follow his father into farming, but after attending Kelso grammar school and later Edinburgh University worked as a clerk and continued writing, soon succeeding to editorships of journals and newspapers, including William Blackwood's Edinburgh...
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  • To Sir Walter Scott
    From deserts wild and many a pathless wood
    Of savage climes where I have wandered long,
    Whose hills and streams are yet ungraced by song,
    I bring, illustrious friend, this garland rude: ...
  • Makanna's Gathering
    Wake! Amakósa, wake!
    And arm yourselves for war.
    As coming winds the forest shake,
    I hear a sound from far: ...
  • The Bushman
    The Bushman sleeps within his black-browed den,
    In the lone wilderness. Around him lie
    His wife and little ones unfearingly --
    For they are far away from 'Christian Men.' ...
  • The Hottentot
    Mild, melancholy, and sedate, he stands,
    Tending another's flock upon the fields,
    His father's once, where now the White Man builds
    His home, and issues forth his proud commands. ...
  • The Caffer Commando
    Hark! -- heard ye the signals of triumph afar?
    'Tis our Caffer Commando returning from war:
    The voice of their laughter comes loud on the wind,
    Nor heed they the curses that follow behind. ...
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Pandora63479902: well said thomas, pringle slams banks and gaa in move towards cashless society
Realolaudah: after a scandal in which rachel allegedly faked a pregnancy to establish more influence over thomas pringle, he ended his relationship with her and moved to jamaica. rachel adopted the name of another prominent white barbadian, james polgreen, but there is no evidence of their...
Storieshappened: mary was brought to london in 1828, and escaped, seeking asylum at the moravian missionary church in hatton garden. through the anti-slavery society she met thomas pringle, who agreed to write up her dictated memoirs, to spread awareness and change attitudes across the country
Dornelle_thomas: "you can depend on god" (1983) keith pringle & pentecostal community choir
Dornelle_thomas: minister keith pringle "call him up" (1980)
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