The Much Honoured
Bailey Bruce McCune of Coll-Earn
Baron of Elphinstone
At eighty-two years of age, the Baron of Elphinstone passed from this life to the next. Bailey Bruce McCune of Coll-Earn and Elphinstone died peacefully at his Yorba Linda ranch-house of 54 years, where he spent the majority of his life raising his two sons, Bailey Ross McCune, heir to the Barony, and Bailey Bruce McCune 3rd, with his beloved wife Marilyn McCune. He is survived by his sons and his four grandchildren, Lauren, Liam, Bailey Bruce 4th and Linda.
Born at Long Beach on 12 September 1931 to Bailey Bruce McCune Sr., a WWII ship’s Captain and mother, Gay McCune; this Tula Texas family continued their history of holding-land and the lifetime love for horses. Bailey was an avid horseman since his first Pony ‘Chief’, was a retired circus pony. He always said, “Chief taught me how to ride.”
He continued in his father’s footsteps in service to his country. Starting with the R.O.T.C. in High School, which allowed him to enter the U.S. Army Infantry as a 2nd Lieutenant, 62nd division during the Korean War. He was proud about the beach-landing at Inchon, under the command of General Douglas MacArthur. He was awarded Combat Infantry Badge while serving as a Platoon Leader, of which he was justly proud. After war service in Korea, he was released from Federal Service to the California National Guard 40th Infantry Division, and appointed Company Commander of the Heavy Weapons Company. In 1965, he was released from the army to attend Graduate School, and was placed on the reserve list as a Captain.
In 1953, while studying at Cal State Long Beach, he met his future wife Marilyn Marie Paul (of Irish descent). They were married a year later, and with their new love for each other and an old love for horses, they purchased land in Yorba Linda in 1959. The McCune Ranch was born and that same year so was their first son, Bailey Bruce. Marilyn, a Chicago girl, called her home in the country “the little gray house” from Sinatra’s lyrics.
1967-68, Bailey was appointed to the U.S. Navy Hospital, Long Beach, California, to treat post-traumatic stress and other combat disorders.
With Marilyn’s support raising the boys and keeping the farm, he completed his doctorate from the California Graduate Institute in 1974, and began his own practice staff of local hospitals including St. Jude’s, Brea Neurological and Esperanza. Marilyn continued to support her husband’s ambitions selflessly, even as much as his clerical assistant in order to maintain her “little gray” love.
In 1978, he was appointed Lieutenant Colonel, California Medical Reserve, and promoted meritoriously to Colonel. In the mid-1980s he joined the California State Military Reserve in the rank of Lt. General, and was appointed as General-in-Chief, California State Militia, State Military Forces by the Adjutant General of the State of California. In 1995, Bailey was elected to the National Silver Congress as Congressional representative for the 41st District. In 1995, he appointed Life Member of the Reserve Officers Association and the National Guard Association in the rank of Lt. General.
Bailey’s travels with his son Bailey Ross, and research back to his Scottish ancestry, led him to pursue his noble title and arms as Baron of Coll-Earn & Elphinstone. He achieved the Barony of Elphinstone in 1989, which is situated in Sterling, Scotland. The Baronial title passes to Bailey Ross McCune and then the Younger Elphinstone Liam Ross McCune. Bailey’s Heraldic Achievement signifies “new growth”, which is a fitting inheritance for Bailey Jr in his pursuit of knowledge and his own history.
In 1993, Baron Elphinstone joined with friends Roger Carlton Sherman of Castlemore, Thomas P. Westgaard of Kileughterco, and others, to form the Noble Society of Celts with the goal of promoting the Celtic Heritage in all its facets. Now in its 21st year, the Society has members in six countries and annually awards grants to recognized organizations which promote the Celtic culture. Baron Elphinstone remained in constant contact with the NSC chancery until days before his passing.
In addition to being founding Chieftain of the Noble Society of Celts, he was a member of Sons of Confederate Veterans; the Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem; the Military & Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem - Knight Grand Cross and Commander of the Malta Obedience of the Order in California; Order of the Dragon of Annam; Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of St. Stanislas, as well as other orders and societies.
Among his last works of giving was the planning of the Vietnam War Museum in Garden Grove California, where he sat on the Board of Directors as an advisor.
Baron of Elphinstone’s memorial service was conducted on at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, 28 June 2014, at Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, California.