Envoy pays his respects
Homage to US Navy great
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