The cottage that was the birthplace of John Paul Jones – a ‘father of the American Navy’ who conducted daring raids on and around Great Britain in the 1700’s is a different ‘historic building’ experience – it being a simple cottage (with adjacent museum) rather than a grand palace.
JPJ was born here – a farmer’s son – in 1747 and took to a life at sea at age 13, before serving on ‘slavers’ before moving to America (under a cloud!) and ultimately to join the American navy – serving during the American War of Independence. He later joined the Russian Navy and served in the Black Sea fleet. The museum and cottage has much more information and is well worth a visit.
Located about 13 miles from Dumfries along the picturesque coast road, between New Abbey (which itself has some good sites to visit, including Sweetheart Abbey and the Corn Mill) – this attraction should not be by-passed by visitors who’d like to more about JPJ’s life and times.
Open from April ’till September – for more information “visit website”:http://www.jpj.demon.co.uk.