A Little Bark Is Launched
O Wedding Guest! this soul hath been
Alone on a wide, wide sea:
So lonely 't was, that God himself
Scarcely seemed there to be.
IT is a noteworthy fact that nowhere in his numerous collected writings does John Paul Jones allude to his father. For his mother he had an often expressed attachment, but regarding John Paul, the father, he was silent. Whether there was an enmity between them, and whether this enmity was due to the father's failure to perceive that he had a genius for a son, it cannot now be said, but there is no evidence of sympathy between the two. The elder John Paul, of a Fifeshire family, came to the west coast of Scotland from Leith on the east coast, where his forefathers had lived for years. He was engaged by Robert Craik, a member of Parliament, as a landscape gardener on the estate of Arbigland, which had been purchased from the third Earl of Selkirk, who retained another estate to the north, the castle of which sat upon a promontory called Saint Mary's Isle, at the mouth of the river Dee. On this Isle, his brother, George Paul, was also a landscape gardener for the Selkirks, and it was on Saint Mary's Isle, under the care of his uncle, that the little John Paul played, waded, and sailed toy ships during his formative years. His mother was Jeannie Macduff, daughter of an Argyll Highlander and gunsmith named Ian Macduff, who had come down to Dumfries from Inverary, possibly with the intention of teaching the Lowlanders how to " lay on."