Little Ross lighthouse - How it came to be built

When & Where

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Parish Church Hall, St Mary Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4DN

Event Details

The subjects covered in the talk will include the reasons why a lighthouse was considered desirable, the identities and motives of the people who supported it and those of the people who opposed it. The complex and extremely lengthy campaign will be described, including many unforeseen twists and turns. The criteria that finally, after twenty years, swung the tide of official opinion in support of the lighthouse will then be identified and explained.

The processes of surveying , designing and tendering for construction of the lighthouse station will then be detailed, and the difficulties faced by the contractors and site staff will be described. Quotations will be provided from original correspondence between members of the Stevenson family which will illustrate the nature of the occasionally strained relationships between them. Details of construction will be described, which will demonstrate the Stevenson family's mastery of their special skills in lighthouse construction, and extensive photographs and copies of original drawings will provide further clarification of the whole design and construction of all the buildings on the island.


Helen Bowick


Members free Visitors £3

Event Location

Parish Church Hall
St Mary Street


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