Montreal Daily Star, 24 December 1900, page 12

The Oldest Judge in Canada His Honour Judge Jacob Farrand Pringle of Cornwall, is Presented with a Life-Size Oil Painting of Himself. (Special to the Star)

CORNWALL, Ont., December 24—The presentation of a life-sized oil painting of His Honour Judge Jacob Farrand Pringle, the oldest judge in Canada, who for thirty-four years had been judge of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, took place in the Court House Saturday afternoon. The portrait, which is a particularly striking likeness from the brush of Miss Claire Berthon, of Toronto, a talented young artist whose work is attracting marked attention.

The room in which so much interesting litigation has been fought out, and at the Bar of which such eminent Canadians as the late Chief Justice Archibald MacLean, the late Hon John Sandfield Macdonald, the first Premier of this Province, John Ban Maclennan, James Bethune and other prominent members of the Bar laid the foundation of their forensic reputations, was beautifully decorated for the occasion.

Mayor Campbell opened the proceedings by calling upon the Secretary of the Counties’ Bar Association, Mr John A Chisolm, who read letters from the members of the legal profession, and others expressing their regret at not being able to be present.

Judge Pringle, owing to the feebleness of his voice; asked his son, Mr RA Pringle, MP, to read his reply, which was couched in words of tender affection that have always been characteristic of the venerable judge, who has endeared himself to the people of this community, and others who have come in contact with him in his long years of legal administration and social intercourse.

Mr TS Edwards of Iroquois, Warden of the United Counties, was then called upon, and speaking on behalf of the Counties in Council, and of the citizens generally, expressed his high regard in which his honour Judge Pringle is held by, the entire community. He also referred, in happy terms to Mrs Pringle, who unfortunately was prevented by indisposition from being present.

Short eulogistic addresses were also delivered by His Honour Judge O’Reilly, Mr DB Maclennan, QC, Sheriff MacNab, Rev Mr Burnett, John A Macdougall, and James Leitch, QC.

Mr Leitch, in the course of his remarks commented on the fact that very few of Judge Pringle’s judgments had been reversed on appeal to higher courts, demonstrating his deep learning and knowledge of the law and comprehensive grasp of the facts in each case tried before him.

After the presentation Judge Pringle held a short informal reception in the Grand Jury rooms, where afternoon tea was served by the ladies.

—- Jacob Farrand Pringle was born at Valenciennes France, June 27th, 1816, where the 81st Regiment of Foot, in which his father was an officer, was then stationed. He came to Canada the following year; was educated at the Cornwall Grammar School and was called to the bar in 1838. He practised in Cornwall and was elected a Bencher of the Law Society in 1857; was clerk of the Peace and County Attorney for the United Counties from 1858 to 1866. He was appointed junior judge for the Counties in 1866, and continued as such until 1878, when he was appointed Senior Judge. He was made Surrogate Judge in 1879, and Local Judge of the High Court in 1882, and retired from the Bench in March of this year. During the rebellion of ’37 he served as a volunteer and commanded a company, with which he was on active service for five months. He wears a medal and clasp won by his services in 1866. Having served as Town Councillor from 1852 to 1854, he was elected Mayor the following year.

He married in September, 1844, Isabella, the third daughter of the late Hon Alex. Fraser of Fraserfield, Glengarry County. His family, RA Pringle, MP, Cornwall; GU Pringle, Rochester, NW; Dr WR Pringle, Screiber, Ont.; Dr Alex F Pringle, Northfield, Minn, and Jas F Pringle, St Louis, MO, and four daughters.

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