Jay Alexander Higle

Trustee, Finance Committee Chairman

Jay Alexander Higle“I learned about the Clan Campbell Society from my friends Jim Burns and the late Hugh Campbell, but in truth, I began learning about Clan Campbell at about the age of four or five, from “Nellie” Ellen Campbell-Lang Higle, my grandmother. She taught me who I was: an American, a Scott, a Highlander, and Campbell of Breadalbane. Her mother, Grannie Lang, put an edge on the lessons. A Campbell, she married a Lang, but never forgot who she – or I – was.

They used to say “She was a Campbell”. My father told me she once stopped him in his mother’s living room as he sang the tune “Bonnie Dundee”. She reprimanded him sharply, and told him never to sing that tune again! Interesting, her brother-in-law, Charles, served in the Greys in South Africa and France. The first time I was in Inveraray my Great Uncle Bill took me to the old Argyle Arms for a traditional….

Today I live with my wife Kathy in Melrose, New York. Our daughter, Mary Campbell Alexandra Higle, is a senior frosher at Trinity College, Dublin. I have been a member of the Board of Managers of the St. Andrew’s Society of Albany (est. 1803) for 10 years, including four as chair. I am also a trustee of the Hoosac School, where the Boar’s Head and Yule Log celebration were first introduced to America. For two years I have had the pleasure of working with CCS(NA) President Robert St. John and our Society as Finance Chair; I help my friend Bill Burke as Business manager of CCS(NA) Region 2.