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Alma mater  Edinburgh University
Occupation  Lighthouse engineer
Name  Alan Stevenson

Alan Stevenson
Born  1807Edinburgh, Scotland
Died  1865 Portobello, Edinburgh
Employer  Northern Lighthouse Board
Children  Robert Alan Mowbray Stevenson Jean Margaret Alan Stevenson Dorothea Francis Alan Stevenson Katharine Elizabeth Alan Stevenson (m. Sidney de Mattos)
Parent(s)  Robert Stevenson (father)

Alan Stevenson (1807, Edinburgh – 1865, Portobello, Edinburgh) was a Scottish lighthouse engineer who was Engineer to the Board of Northern Lighthouses. Among his notable works is the Skerryvore Lighthouse.


A member of the famous Stevenson family of engineers, eldest son of Robert Stevenson, and brother of David and Thomas Stevenson, between 1843 and 1853 he built thirteen lighthouses in and around Scotland. The writer Robert Louis Stevenson was the son of Thomas and thus the nephew of Alan Stevenson.

He is buried in the Stevenson family plot in New Calton Cemetery with his wife, Margaret Scott Jones.

Lighthouses by Alan Stevenson

  • Little Ross (1843)
  • Isle of May Low Light (1843)
  • Skerryvore (1844)
  • Covesea Skerries (1846)
  • Chanonry Point (1846)
  • Cromarty (1846)
  • Cairn Point, Loch Ryan (1847)
  • Noss Head (1849)
  • Ardnamurchan (1849)
  • Sanda (1850)
  • Hestan Island (1850)
  • Hoy High and Hoy Low, Graemsay (1851)
  • Arnish Point (1853)
  • Eilean Musdile (Lismore)
  • Publications

  • Biographical Sketch of the Late Robert Stevenson: Civil Engineer, read at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, at the meeting of 17 February 1851. From Google Book Search
  • A Rudimentary Treatise on the History, Construction and Illumination of Lighthouses, 1850, from Google Book Search
  • References

    Alan Stevenson Wikipedia