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John Paul Jones Birthplace Museum

John Paul Jones Birthplace Museum features the original cottage on the Solway Coast where John Paul Jones, hero of the American Revolutionary War and founder of the US Navy was born in 1747. The restored cottage and visitor centre tell the story of a remarkable local man who rose from humble beginnings to lead the fight for American Independence against the British in the waters of the Solway and beyond.

1st April to 30th September opening times:
10.30am to 5pm, all week

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John Paul Jones raided Kirkcudbright and Whitehaven in 1778 before winning his most famous naval victory off the coast of Flamborough Head where he captured the HMS Serapis, a Royal Naval warship.

The cottage contains a full scale reconstruction of the captain’s cabin in Jones’ man o’ war the Bonhomme Richard, and a dramatic audio visual presentation of the Flamborough Head sea battle featuring the first-hand account of a young midshipman in Jones’ crew.


Image credit – John Paul Jones Museum collection

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