Baronial Order of Magna Charta / Military Order of the Crusades

The Baronial Order of Magna Charta (BOMC) was founded in 1898 as The Baronial Order of Runnemede during the flowering of scholarly and popular interest in the history and development of the Anglo-Saxon people that characterized the final decades of Queen Victoria’s reign.

For over a century BOMC has been a leading proponent organization whose purpose is the promulgation and support of the principles set forth in that world-pervasive document — the Magna Charta.

The Order has been incorporated in the State of Pennsylvania as a non-profit corporation since 1945, and is also registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Individuals of good character who can prove descent from one or more of the 25 Sureties who were responsible for holding King John to the terms of the Great Charter he signed on 15 June 1215 at Runnymede meadow in England and five counselors of the King who were in sympathy with the Magna Charta will be considered for membership.

The Military Order of the Crusades is a separate organization operating under the aegis of the Baronial Order of Magna Charta. MOC merged with BOMC on 6 June 1998 but continues parallel operations with BOMC serving, in effect, as advisor. The Crusader Commander is the top MOC official.

The Military Order of the Crusades was founded 15 August 1934 to record and honor the men and women who participated in the Crusades between 1095 and 1291.