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The Order of the Bog Myrtle is the “Hall of Fame” of the Clan Campbell Society (North America) and the highest honor of the Society. The Order, with permission of the Clan Chief, His Grace Torquhil Ian Campbell, 13th Duke of Argyll (S), 6th Duke of Argyll (UK), was founded by the Clan Campbell Society (North America) on April 1, 2023.

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The order's primary emblem is the Bog Myrtle. The Bog Myrtle is the plant emblem of Clan Campbell.

Nominations are made by the Order of the Bog Myrtle Nominating Committee of the Clan Campbell Society, and voted on by the current members of the Order, typically made in recognition of national contribution, distinguished personal service to the Clan Campbell Society, or for distinguished personal service to Clan Campbell over a lifetime of Service and Devotion.

Members of the Order of the Bog Myrtle use the post-nominal letters "OBM". When an individual is entitled to use multiple post-nominal letters, "OBM" appears before all others, except as order of precedence requires.

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INSIGNIA

The badge-appendant is worn suspended from the collar. It comprises a depiction of Bog Myrtle, encircling a field Gyronny of eight Or and Sable, in the centre point a boar’s head fessways, erased Or, encircled by Ne Obliviscaris. The words, “The Order of the Bog Myrtle” circumscribing the outer edge of the insignia.

The Order of the Bog Myrtle, which pertains to the Clan Campbell Society, is the most senior in precedence of all Clan Campbell Society honours and awards.

MOTTO

The order’s motto is “Ne Obliviscaris", Latin for “Forget Not”. The same motto appears on the Arms of the His Grace the Duke of Argyll, Mac Cailein Mòr, Chief of Clan Campbell.

SYMBOLISM

The great Clans and families of Scotland identified themselves and their allegiance to their Chief by putting the Suaicheantas, or Badge, which was a sprig of plant, in their bonnet, or cloak pin.

HISTORY

The creation of the Order was made upon the recommendation, at the April 1, 2023 Executive Council Meeting of the Clan Campbell Society (North America), by Board member Charles Randell Seale of Alabama, USA, as a vehicle to recognize those members of the Clan Campbell Society who have made lasting and impactful contributions to the Clan Campbell Society over the course of the history of the Society. Following a unanimous vote of the Board, a nomination committee, chaired by Cherie Thompson Bates of AZ, USA, was formed and charged with identifying members of distinction who have exhibited outstanding service over the course of the first 50 years of the Clan Campbell Society (North America). The name of the Order was suggested by Jeffery A. McDermott of SC, USA, and the original design of the insignia was by Eric D. Campbell of VA, USA.

The first investiture ceremony was held on the evening of October 21, 2023 at the Annual General Meeting of the Clan Campbell Society (North America) in Peachtree Corners, GA, USA.

Clan Campbell Society (North America) President Eric D. Campbell of VA, USA, assisted by Vice-President Jeffery A. McDermott of SC, USA, conducted the investiture ceremony.

 

List of Inaugural Class of 2023 Inductees:

His Grace Torquhil Ian Campbell, 28th Mac Cailein Mòr, 13th Duke of Argyll (S), 6th Duke of Argyll (UK), Inveraray Castle, Scotland, UK

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His Grace the Duke of Argyll proudly displays
his Order of the Bog Myrtle.

Donald Draper Campbell, Esq., OStJ, FSAScot, AZ, USA

Col Joseph McD. Campbell, Jr. Esq., FSAScot, LA, USA

Lt Col Robert Campbell St. John, Jr., USAF Ret., FSAScot, FL, USA

Duncan Beaton, FSAScot, Scotland, UK

Carl A. Guilford, Jr., CA, USA

Diarmid Alexander Campbell, Esq., Scotland, UK

Kenneth B. Campbell, FSAScot, LA, USA

Dr. Ruby G. Campbell, Ph.D., FSAScot, LA, USA

Michael J. Fisher, MI, USA

Charles Randell Seale, AL, USA

David A. Stedman, NJ, USA

Barbara Burns Sharp, AR, USA

MCPO Mike Taylor, US Navy Ret., TN, USA

 

Inductees present at the first investiture

Donald Draper Campbell, Esq., OStJ, OBM, FSAScot

Col Joseph McD. Campbell, Jr. Esq., OBM, USAF Ret., FSAScot

Lt Col Robert Campbell St. John, Jr., OBM, USAF Ret., FSAScot

MCPO Mike Taylor, OBM, US Navy Ret.

Duncan Beaton, OBM, FSAScot

Carl A. Guilford, Jr., OBM

Charles Randell Seale, OBM

Order of the Bog Myrtle Inaugural Class 2023

Inductees not present for the 2023 Inaugural Investiture

Inductees not present for the 2023 Inaugural Investiture, were presented their Insignia in person by members of the Order where possible. (Not pictured Mike Fisher, OBM)

Randy Seale (left) and Joe McD. Campbell (right) present medallions and cerificates of the Order of the Bog Myrtle to Dr. Ruby Campbell and Kenn Campbell

Randy Seale, OBM (left) and Col Joe McD. Campbell, OBM (right), representing the Clan Campbell Society and the Order of the Bog Myrtle, present medallions and certificates of the Order of the Bog Myrtle to Dr. Ruby Campbell and Kenn Campbell for their many, many contributions, and nearly 40 years of service, to the Clan Campbell Society and Clan Campbell.

Following the presentation, the four kinsmen had lunch at a local restaurant that turned out to be having a "Harry Potter" theme day so it was a "magical" time for all!

 

Clan Campbell Society (North America) has inducted its greatest friends and supporters in Scotland, Diarmid A. Campbell, Esq. and Duncan Beaton, into the Order of the Bog Myrtle.

Clan Campbell Society (North America) has inducted its greatest friends and supporters in Scotland, Diarmid A. Campbell, Esq. and Duncan Beaton, into the Order of the Bog Myrtle.

Duncan Beaton, OBM representing the Clan Campbell Society and the Order of the Bog Myrtle, presented Diarmid A. Campbell, Esq. with his medallion and certificate of the Order of the Bog Myrtle, upon his return to Scotland after the 2023 AGM.

Duncan also presented the medallion and certificate of the Order of the Bog Myrtle to His Grace, The Duke of Argyll.

 

Barbara Burns Sharp of Arkansas, and CCSNA President Eric D. Campbell.
Barbara Burns Sharp of Arkansas, and CCSNA President Eric D. Campbell.

 

JOURNAL Editor David Stedman’s "Order of the Bog Myrtle"

Lost in the mail for months and supposedly “unrecoverable", JOURNAL Editor David Stedman’s "Order of the Bog Myrtle" was found not by the US postal authorities (who confessed they were at a loss), but by his own relentless searching, and his heroic postman. David is honored to have received his OBM and looks forward to wearing it on ceremonial occasions!

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