Pirates celebrate anniversary

A fun-packed programme of events is being planned this weekend to mark the birthday of Kirkbean’s most famous son.

John Paul Jones, known in the US as !the father of the American navy” – and in Britain as a notorious pirate – was born on July 6, 1747.

And on July 6, 1953, a commemorative plaque was placed on the cottage at Arbigland, Kirkbean, where he was born. This cottage is now the John Paul Jones Birthplace Museum.

This Saturday and Sunday, July 6 and 7, the museum is marking the 60th anniversary of the plaque unveiling with two days of Independence Day and Pirate Birthday Party celebrations.

The special pirate birthday weekend will see all the usual attractions at the museum plus re-enactors in period costume and live demonstrations of antique firearms. There will be tales of Jones’s famous victory at the Battle of Flamborough Head and treasure hunts.

Wigtown Amateur Radio Club will be linking with radio operators around the world, targeting the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, US.

Entry for children and pirates in costume is free of charge.

The celebrations take place between 11am and 5pm at the John Paul Jones Birthplace Museum, Arbigland.