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The classically-styled Arbigland House was built in 1755 by the improving laird and gentleman architect William Craik (1703–98). His daughter, the poet and novelist Helen Craik (1751–1825), lived there until 1792. James Craik, the Physician General of the United States Army and personal physician of George Washington, was also born there in 1730.
An officer in the Continental Navy, John Paul Jones, whose father was a gardener at Arbigland, was born in a cottage in the grounds on 6 July 1747. The cottage is now the John Paul Jones Cottage Museum and is open from April to September.
A small dower house called The House on the Shore was built in 1936 by Kathleen Blackett-Swiny. The gardens at Arbigland are open to the public at selected times during the summer months.
- Adriana Craciun, "Craik, Helen (1751–1825)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, UK: OUP, 2004) accessed 29 June 2015
- Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963.
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