The Stevenson’s: a family of engineers

Lighthouse design was a family profession for the Stevenson’s who built many of the deep-sea lighthouses around the rocky coast of Scotland, beginning with Robert Stevenson (1772-1850) who designed the famous Bell Rock Lighthouse. Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) originally trained to take his place in the family business before becoming a writer.

The Stevenson family designed the following lighthouses:

Robert Stevenson (1772-1850)
Bell Rock Lighthouse, 1811      Calf of Man, 1818                        Buchan Ness, 1827
Isle of May, 1816                        Sumburgh Head, 1821               Cape Wrath, 1828
Corsewall, 1818                          Rinns of Islay, 1825                    Tarbat Ness, 1830
Point of Ayre, 1818                    Dunnet Head, 1831                     Mull of Galloway, 1830
Girdle Ness, 1833                      Barra Head, 1833                        Eilean Musdile, 1833

Alan Stevenson (1807-1865)
Cromarty, 1846                                Little Ross, 1843                    Ardnamurchan Point, 1849
Chanonry Point, 1846                     Eilean Musdile, 1833           Sanda Island, 1850
Covesea Skerries, 1846                   Cairn Point, 1847                  Hestan Island, 1850
Skerryvore, 1844                              Noss Head, 1849                   Arnish Point, 1853

David Stevenson (1815 – 1886) and Thomas Stevenson (1818–1887)
Whalsay Skerries, 1854             Bressay, 1858                              Auskerry, 1866
Out Skerries, 1854                      Ruvaal, 1859                                Lochindaal, 1869
Muckle Flugga, 1854                  Corran Point, 1860                     Scurdie Ness, 1870
Davaar Island, 1854                   Fladda, 1860                                Stoer Head, 1870
Ushenish, 1857                            McArthur’s Head, 1861             Dubh Artach, 1872
South Rona Island, 1857            St Abb’s Head, 1862                  Turnberry, 1873
Kyleakin, 1857                              Butt of Lewis, 1862                   Chicken Rock, 1875
Ornsay, 1857                                 Holborn Head, 1862                 Lindisfarne, 1877, 1880
Rubha nan Gall, 1857                  Monach Islands, 1864         
Cantick Head, 1858                     Skervuile, 1865        

David Stevenson (1854-1938) and Charles Stevenson (1855-1950)
Fidra , 1885                             Noup Head, 1898                       Rubh Re, 1912
Oxcars, 1886                           Flannan Isles, 1899                    Milaid Point, 1912
Ailsa Craig , 1886                   Tiumpan Head, 1900                 Maughold Head, 1914
Skroo, 1892                             Killantringan, 1900                    Copinsay, 1915
Helliar Holm, 1893                Barns Ness, 1901                        Clyth Ness, 1916
Sule Skerry, 1895                    Bass Rock, 1903                         Duncansby Head, 1924
Rattray Head, 1895                Hyskeir, 1904                              Esha Ness, 1929
Stroma, 1896                           Eilean Trodday, 1908                Tor Ness, 1937
Tod Head, 1897                       Neist Point, 1909

“Nothing can be more beautiful than an entire apparatus for a fixed light of the first order. It consists of a central belt of refractors, forming a hollow cylinder six feet in diameter and thirty inches high; below it are six angular rings of glass forming a hollow cage, composed of polished glass, ten feet high and six feet in diameter. I know of no work of art more beautiful or creditable to the boldness, ardor, intelligence and the zeal of the artist.”

–Alan Stevenson

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