En­voy pays his re­spects

Homage to US Navy great

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - STANDARD VIEW - Bert Houston

An­drey Prit­se­pov, the Rus­sian Con­sul Gen­eral in Scot­land, paid a two­day visit to the re­gion last week.

This is the first time Mr Prit­se­pov has vis­ited the area since his ap­point­ment four years ago.

He met lo­cal busi­nesses in­ter­ested in ex­port­ing to Rus­sia and took a break from diplo­matic du­ties for a per­sonal visit to Ar­bigland over­look­ing the Sol­way Firth near Kirk­bean. His aim was to see the cot­tage birth­place of an Amer­i­can hero – John Paul Jones, re­garded as the fa­ther of the US Navy.

As he toured the lit­tle mu­seum and in­spected the cot­tage in which John Paul Jones was raised, Mr Prit­se­pov said: “He was also a Rus­sian hero, well known as an ad­mi­ral and as much a hero to the Rus­sian peo­ple as to the Amer­i­cans.

“We look on him as one of the first mil­i­tary ex­perts who shared his ex­per­tise with the Rus­sian Navy.”

Fol­low­ing the Amer­ica Revo­lu­tion­ary War, Jones set­tled in Paris but was “called up” by Em­press of Rus­sia, Cather­ine II, in 1788 and re­ceived the rank of Rear Ad­mi­ral in St Peters­burg be­fore tak­ing part in op­er­a­tions against the Turks in the Black Sea be­fore re­turn­ing to France.

Mr Prit­se­pov toured the cot­tage birth­place and also spent time in the ad­join­ing mu­seum where he met mem­bers of the John Paul Jones Trust.

Hero John Paul Jones, re­garded as founder of the US Navy, also be­came a Rear Ad­mi­ral in Rus­sia

Site visit Mr Prit­se­pov at the mu­seum with mem­bers of the John Paul Jones Trust. Pic­tured, from the left, David Lock­wood, the con­sul gen­eral, Cap­tain J B Black­ett, Re­becca Cog­gins, Coun­cil­lor Rob David­son and Jamie Black­ett

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