John Paul Jones was born just outside the Colvend and Southwick Community Area at Arbigland. He was born on 6th July 1747.
In his biography John Paul Jones by Samuel Eliot Morrison the author says of him, "In the history of the United States Navy, whose rise to be the greatest navy in the world he desired and foretold, Paul Jones now occupies a place comparable with that of Nelson in the Royal Navy of Great Britain".
The cottage of his birth in Arbigland is now a museum and is open to the public from Spring onwards. Find out more about him by visiting the museum. Click here for more information about John Paul Jones and opening times and latest news from the museum.
You can also read more about him by clicking here for his Wikipedia entry