John Paul Jones Museum


U.S. Navy join July 4th celebrations at John Paul Jones Museum

Officers from the United States Navy attended a special American Independence Day event at the John Paul Jones Museum on Sunday, July 3rd, 2016. 

The event was also attended by members of the TS John Paul Jones Sea Cadets, Border TV and visitors to the Museum on Arbigland Estate, Kirkbean.

Following a welcome from the Chairman of the Museum's Trustees, Captain Pratt of the U.S. Navy read a goodwill message from the Commander of the USS John Paul Jones, Scott Rosetti, followed by and exchange of memorabilia. The USS John Paul Jones is stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

The Africadabra drummers and a ukulele band provided the entertainment along with a Sea Cadets demonstration, a parade of hounds and a tree planting ceremony and dedication. There were also refreshments.

The event was hailed a great success by the organisers with the weather largely holding out. 

The Museum is open every day throughout July and August from 10.30am to 5pm.

Admission: Adults £4.50, Concessions £4.00. Children under 12 free. 

Situated in the grounds of Arbigland Estate, near Kirkbean, DG2 8BQ, 13 miles SW of Dumfries on the A710.

The cottage is furnished in the style of the 1700s when John Paul Jones was born. Through headsets, ‘his mother’ describes life in the cottage. A multi-projector audio-visual programme is presented in the reconstructed cabin of his ship ‘Bonhomme Richard’ in which he defeated HMS Serapis off Flamborough Head, Yorkshire, in 1779.

The inviting visitor centre also boasts an interpretive exhibition on the life of ‘The Father of the American Navy' with video presentations.

For further information, telephone: +44 (0)1387 880613.

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A rather unusual event took place at the John Paul Jones Museum on September 23rd when Civic Head of Dumfries and Galloway Council, Ted Thompson welcomed Ms Susan Wilson, Principal Officer for the US Consulate General in Edinburgh, to celebrate a Franco-American victory over the British Royal Navy.

It was on this very day in 1779 that the squadron led by John Paul Jones took part in the Battle of Flamborough Head in the North Sea, off the Yorkshire coast and hugely embarrassed the Royal Navy by defeating the merchant convoy and the two escort vessels there to protect it. Jones was hardly revered by the British, but his victory at Flamborough Head surely cemented his stature in the naval history of the United States.

Numerous local dignitaries were invited to the event including John McMyn of the Kirkbean Heritage Society; Alf Hannay, Chairman of the Museum Trust; local Councillors Alistair Witts and Rob Davidson; Dalbeattie Chamber of Trade and Commerce Chairman Peter Jeal; and Diane Lilley, trustee of DG Unlimited, The Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of the Arts.

The John Paul Jones Museum at Arbigland. Image: