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Donald Draper Campbell, B.S.E.E., FSA Scot.

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 23rd January 2006. Registration No. 0007.

Arms : gyronny of eight Or and Sable, the first charged with four ibises' heads erased of the second, within a bordure Azure (borne during the lifetime of his father debruised of a three point label Azure)

Crest :
an ibis Sabler

Motto :
IN HARMONY

Matriculated : The Court of the Lord Lyon, Scotland. 20th February 1984. Lyon Register, vol. 65, folios 88 & 89.

Arms of Donald Draper Campbell

On 24th January 1976, Mr Campbell was appointed Sennachie to the Clan Campbell Society of North America by MacCalein Mor, Ian Campbell, 12th Duke of Argyll. While attending the Clan Campbell gathering in Scotland in May 1983, Donald Campbell visited the Lord Lyon to discuss his 1977 petition for a grant of arms in memory of his great-great-great-great-grandfather John Campbell which he thought was at a standstill and should be withdrawn.

Since MacCalein Mor had appointed him Society Sennachie, the then Lord Lyon, Sir Malcolm Innes of Edingight, said that he could grant arms to Mr Campbell because he held this appointment of Sennachie. However, Mr Campbell turned down Lyon's offer. His Chief was not keen on this type of grant nor was Mr Campbell. He felt that if he could not matriculate arms based on a Scottish ancestor's arms, then having personal arms would have no meaning to him.

At that meeting they discussed his petition in great detail. As a result, Lyon stated that Mr Campbell's petition basically met the criteria for granting arms for and in memory of his great-great-great-great-grandfather John Campbell. All that was required was a letter clarifying several aspects of Mr Campbell's original petition. In due course Lyon formally granted arms for and in memory of Mr Campbell's Scottish ancestor John Campbell - Gyronny of eight Or and Sable, the first charged with four ibises' heads erased of the second now recorded in the register, volume 65, page 88, 20th February 1984.

Mr Campbell has traced his family's lineage back more than seven generations to a John Campbell (b. c1775, in the highlands of Scotland; d. 1831, Georgia) who, with his future bride Mary Nicholson, immigrated to South Carolina from Scotland on the same ship following the American Revolutionary War. John and Mary were residing in South Carolina for the birth of at least three of their children: John (jr) (1800-1838), Neill (1802-1875) and Flora (1805-18??), and in particular Marlborough District for son Neill. John and Mary settled finally in Appling County, Georgia, in the late 1810's.

In designing the arms for his ancestor John Campbell, Mr Campbell tried to think of things which were unique about his family - where they lived and their occupation, etc. He was looking for a simple differencing technique to use with the Gyronny of eight Or and Sable which of course symbolized Clan Campbell. The family has lived in south Georgia and Florida for the past 200 years and in particular in Harmony area located in the southwestern corner of Madison County, Florida since the 1840's. The primary occupation of the Campbell males up though the mid 1900's has been farming.

Mr Campbell wanted an object or objects which would define who they were, but he did not want an everyday 'commercial' object like an alligator, palm tree, flamingo, etc. Mr Campbell remembered that the Strachur arms have a galley in the 'first'. That give him an idea. Use an object to identify where the family lived and place it in the 'first'.

The glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellas) is indigenous to south Georgia and Florida which is where the family lived. So Mr Campbell used four glossy ibises' heads erased in the 'first'. For the crest a glossy ibis sable. And for the motto 'In Harmony'.

Sir Malcolm Innes of Edingight, then Lord Lyon, thought this design made good heraldic sense for Donald  Campbell's ancestor John Campbell's arms. Thus, Lyon used his suggested design for the arms of his great-great-great-great-grandfather John Campbell: Gyronny of eight Or and Sable, the first charged with four ibises' heads erased of the second.

 
 

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