About Us

Our homestead is strikingly beautiful, surrounded by idyllic oaks and nestling in the grandeur of the Baviaans River Mountains. Lynedoch Farm certainly has a story to tell. In fact, it has a double-story house of history dating back to the 1800s. If the house’s thick walls could talk they’d tell you all about the first very owners – the Pringle Family.

In 1820 the Pringles immigrated to South Africa and during 1828 William Dods Pringle – half-brother of Thomas Pringle who led the party of Scottish Settlers – bought Lynedoch here in the Bedford district, Eastern Cape from Willem van Heerden for £900.

The historic farmhouse was built in 1842 and during the disturbances of the eighth Frontier War, Lynedoch farm was a haven for many farmers and their families.

Whether you’re looking for a place to escape the city’s hustle and bustle, shooting your first buck or for that trophy to add to your collection – the Ellis family would love to welcome you to Lynedoch Farm.

Come and experience luxury, nature and the hunt of your life underneath the African sky.

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5 May 1809

William Dods Pringle, 1st laird of “Lynedoch”

Birth: 5 May 1809 – Blakelaw, Linton, Roxburghshire, Scotland

Death: 2 Nov 1876 (Age: 67) – Bushfountain, Bedford District, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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24 December 1818

Eleanor Evelyn ‘Ellen’ Pringle (born Hart)

Birth: 24 December 1818 – Somerset East, Eastern Cape, South Africa (c. May 18 1819 Cradock, EC, SA)

Death: 23 June 1840 (Age: 21) – Glen Avon, Somerset East, Eastern Cape, South Africa

WILLIAM DODS PRINGLE'S FIRST MARRIAGE

1 February 1838

William First Marriage – married 1 February 1838 – Glen Avon, Somerset East, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
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9 December 1838

Hannah Tamplin Wares (born Pringle)

Birth: 9 December 1838 – Glen Avon, Somerset East, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Death: 25 December 1917 (Age: 79) – Somerset East, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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23 June 1840

Robert Hart Pringle

Birth: 23 June 1840 – Glen Avon, Somerset East, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Death: 12 July 1909 (Age: 69) – Lynedoch, Bedford District, Eastern Cape, South Africa

WILLIAM DODS PRINGLE'S SECOND MARRIAGE

1 February 1838

William Second Marriage – married 1848 – Cradock, Eastern Cape

Harriet Pringle also married one other husband: Edward Joseph Townsend

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7 April 1817

Harriet Pringle (born Hockly) 
Birth: 7 April 1817 – Holborn, London, England (c. May 22 1817 St Andrews)
Death: 29 July 1874 (Age: 57) – Lynedoch, Bedford District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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21 January 1850

Ellen Irvine (born Pringle)

Birth: 21 January 1850 – Bedford, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Death: 30 May 1871 (Age: 21) – Cape Province, South Africa

4 June 1851

Edward Dods Pringle
Birth: 4 June 1851 – Bedford, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Death: 29 July 1859 (Age: 8) – Lynedoch, Bedford District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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23 Apr 1853

Beatrice Scott Bowker (born Pringle) 
Birth: 23 Apr 1853 – Lynedoch, Bedford District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Death: 22 Dec 22 1930 (Age: 77) – Cape Province, South Africa
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1 April 1855

Harriet Stuart Eagle (born Pringle) 
Birth: 1 April 1855 – Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Death: 2 July 1920 (Age: 65) – Hope St., Bedford, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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28 January 1857

Alice Dods Lawrie (born Pringle)

Birth: 28 January 1857 – Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Death: 1917 (Age: 59-60) – Cape Province, South Africa

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1 July 1858

Agnes Ruth Dods Moffat (born Pringle)

Birth: 1 July 1858 – Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Death: 17 July 1923 (Age: 65) – Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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1 November 1860

Lady Jessie Dods Rose Innes (born Pringle)

Birth: 1 November 1860 – Lynedoch, Bedford District, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Death: 4 June 1943 (Age: 82) – Kenilworth, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Bird Watching

We have several endangered bird species on our farm, such as the Crowned Eagle – which also breeds here. Our more than 120 species include special birds such as Raptors (the Verreauxs), Booted Eagles, Blue Cranes, Cape Vultures and even a Black Stork. Below is a complete list of all the bird species which can be seen at Lynedoch Farm.

Click here to download complete list of bird species
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