Donald Draper Campbell, B.S.E.E., FSA Scot.
Arms: gyronny of eight Or and Sable, the first charged with four ibises' heads erased of the second, within a bordure Azure.
Crest: an ibis Sable
Motto: IN HARMONY
Matriculated: The Court of the Lord Lyon, 20th February 1984. Lyon Register, vol. 65, folios 88 & 89.
I am a founding member (1972) as well as founding officer of The Clan Campbell Society of North America. On 24th January 1976, I was appointed Sennachie to the Society by MacCalein Mor, Ian Campbell, 12th Duke of Argyll. While attending the Clan Campbell gathering in Scotland in May 1983, I visited the Lord Lyon to discuss my 1977 petition for a grant of arms for and in memory of my great-great-great-great-grandfather John Campbell which I thought was at a standstill and should be withdrawn.
Since MacCalein Mor had appointed me Society Sennachie, the then Lord Lyon, Sir Malcolm Innes of Edingight, said that he could grant arms to me because I held this appointment of Sennachie. However, I turned down Lyon's offer. My Chief was not keen on this type of grant nor was I. I felt that if I could not matriculate arms based on a Scottish ancestor's arms, then having personal arms would have no meaning to me.
At that meeting we discussed my petition in great detail. As a result, Lyon stated that my petition basically met the criteria for granting arms for and in memory of my great-great-great-great-grandfather John Campbell. All that was required was a letter clarifying several aspects of my original petition. In due course Lyon formally granted arms for and in memory of 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.
I have traced my 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.
John (jr) and Neill, along with their wives (sisters' Nancy and Elizabeth Taylor), moved south to Florida in the early 1820's, settling first in Gadsden County, Florida (Florida Panhandle) by 1825. By 1828, the two families had moved east to Leon County, Florida, and hence east to Madison County by 1831. John died in 1838 as a result of wounds sustained in action with the Seminole Indians. His widow Nancy and her parents, William and Lavancia Taylor, moved south to the Clearwater (Tampa) area of Florida. The last Campbell male of this line died in 1949.
Descendents of the second son, Neill Campbell, continued to live in the southwestern part of Madison County in an area known as Harmony. Several branches of this line moved to the southeast coast of Florida (Miami) in the 1880's and 90's.
In designing the arms for my ancestor John Campbell, I tried to think of things which were unique about his family - where they lived and their occupation, etc. I 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.
I wanted an object or objects which would define who we were, but I did not want an everyday 'commercial' object like an alligator, palm tree, flamingo, etc. I remembered that the Strachur arms have a galley in the 'first'. That give me 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 I 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 my ancestor John Campbell's arms. Thus, Lyon used my suggested design for the arms of my great-great-great-great-grandfather John Campbell: Gyronny of eight Or and Sable, the first charged with four ibises' heads erased of the second.
In December 1988 I published a fully documented and referenced 300 page history of my family, Some Descendants of John Campbell and wives Mary Nicholson and Susan (surname unknown) and siblings: Pioneers of the Territory of Florida. I revised and expanded this book in June 1995.
For five years, we had four first born males alive - Alonzo McKenzie Campbell (1887-1986), George Willard Campbell (1914-), Donald Draper Campbell (1943-) and Thomas Walker Campbell (1981-).
� There is some evidence that my Campbells may have come from the Isle of Skye. John (sr)'s wife was a Nicholson, a Skye family name. He had a brother/relation, Alexander Campbell (of Brooks County, Georgia), whose tombstone indicated that he was born on the Isle of Skye. John was the executer to Alexander's estate. Following the grant of arms to my ancestor John Campbell, I found documentation identifying his siblings. John had five younger sisters, the middle one Margaret married a Daniel Campbell whom we think was from Skye and settled in the western panhandle of Florida near Gadsden County, Florida. The two older sisters married a McIntosh and a Gillis. The two youngest sisters married a McRea and a Wallace. There was a line of Campbells (Barbreck) living in Skye at that time.