THE LIGHTHOUSE STEVENSONS. THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF THE BUILDING OF THE SCOTTISH LIGHTHOUSES BY THE ANCESTORS OF ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON.

Bathurst, Bella.


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1st ed., 1999. Xx + 284 pp., frontis + 24 plates. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. For centuries mariners faced natural shipwreck and infamous wreckers around the hazardous and stormy coasts of Scotland, added to which press gangs and privateers were also constant threats. In 1786 the Northern Lighthouse Trust was established and a few years later Robert Stevenson was appointed Chief Engineer. Thus began almost two centuries of family connection which saw the construction of the Bell Rock light, Skerryvore, Muckle Flugga, and in all, ninety-seven lights dotted around the Scottish coast in addition to harbours, roads, bridges and railways. Robert Louis Stevenson also trained as an engineer but was to find his fame in literature. The author traces the remarkable careers of the Stevensons from the first Scottish lights to the last of their keepers.


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