2008 Visit by the National Society Sons of the American Revolution

8th May 2008

The Day's Events

On the 8th May the Cottage received a visit from the National Society Sons of the American Revolution.

Their President General Mr Bruce A. Wilcox unveiled a plaque and laid a wreath at the Cottage where the Trustees provided a buffet lunch for their guests. The group also visited Kirkbean Church to see its US Navy font and the grave of John Paul Jones father. Afterwards they viewed Arbigland House where James Craik, George Washington's friend and personal physician, was born as well as St Mary's Isle and the Tolbooth at Kirkcudbright where Jones was briefly imprisoned. Later they visited St Michael's Churchyard, Dumfries, where they saw Burns Mausoleum and the graves of Jones eldest sister Janet and niece Jane who inherited part of his fortune.

In the evening the party was given a Civic Reception by Dumfries and Galloway Council where gifts were exchanged. David Lockwood, the Trust's Curatorial Adviser was presented with the SAR's International Medal by President General Wilcox. This medal has been rarely awarded. During their visit to the UK the group also visited Flamborough Head.


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