I've past the signs previously but today I visited the John Paul Jones museum at his birthplace near Dumfries in southwest Scotland.
Jones was a naval captain who fled to (then) British Virginia after killing a crewman. When the War of Independence began he commanded a ship in the Continental Navy and has been called "the father of the US Navy".
During the war he operating out of France and audaciously attacked British ships & ports. He was taking a risk, the British considered him a traitor and pirate and he would have been harshly punished if captured.
|His cottage is on an estate where his father was a gardener|
|The sea is visible from the cottage|
|In the gardens|
|This baptism font was donated to the local church by US seamen stationed in Britain during WW2|
|After the Revolutionary War Jones became an admiral in the Imperial Russian Navy|
Jones died and was buried in Paris in 1792. In 1905 his body was exhumed and reburied at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
On the way home.
|I can't resist riding across a ford|
|Atom Heart Mother? - Younger readers see here|
|The old lighthouse at Southerness|