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David Alan Stevenson (1854 - 1938)

David Alan Stevenson
David Alan Stevenson

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STEVENSON, DAVID ALAN. 21/07/1854-11/04/1938. Ref: 1695. Male. Place of Birth: Edinburgh. Place of Death: "Troqueer", Kingsknowe, Edinburgh. Profession: Civil Engineer. Appointments Held: Senior Partner-1938, D & C Stevenson, Engineers; 1885-1938, Commissioners of Northern Lighthouses. Schools and Tutors: The Edinburgh Academy(1865-70). Undergraduate Studies: B.Sc Eng(Edinburgh 1875). Postgraduate Studies: M Inst, CE. Marital Status: Married (1882) Miss Roberts. Mother: Elizabeth Mackay. Father: David Stevenson FRSE 1815-1886. Siblings: Charles Alexander Stevenson, FRSE 1855-1950. Other Family: grandson of Robert Stevenson, FRSE 1772-1850,nephew of Alan Stevenson, FRSE 1807-65 and Thomas Stevenson, FRSE1818-87, uncle of David Alan Stevenson, FRSE 1891-1971. References: Proc Roy Soc Edinb, 58, 1937-38, 280-2; Who Was Who 7. Membervessels: M InstCE(1884), M InstME,FRSSA, FRMS, H&ASoc. Date of Election: 07/07/1884. Proposers: William Swan, Peter Guthrie Tait, Robert Mackay Smith, George Chrystal (Billet 5/5, 19/5, 2/6, 16/6/1884). Service to the RSE: Councillor 1928-31. Fellow Type: OF. David Alan Stevenson FRSE MIME FRSSA MICE (1854[1] in Edinburgh – 1938) was a lighthouse engineer who built twenty six lighthouses in and around Scotland. Contents [hide] 1 Biography 2 Family 3 Works 3.1 Career 3.2 Lighthouses of David A Stevenson 4 References Biography[edit] The Stevenson family grave, Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh The grave of David Alan Stevenson, Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh He was born on 21 July 1854 the son of David Stevenson and his wife, Elizabeth Mackay.[2] His early years were spent at their home at 8 Forth Street in the eastern section of the New Town in Edinburgh.[3] The family later moved to 45 Melville Street.[4] He was part of the famous Stevenson family of lighthouse engineers, including brother Charles Stevenson, uncle Thomas Stevenson, and grandfather Robert Stevenson. His cousin was the author Robert Louis Stevenson. Stevenson was educated at Edinburgh Academy (1865-70) and the University of Edinburgh.[2] Stevenson died at his home, "Troqueer", in the Kingsknowe area of Edinburgh on 11 April 1938.[2] He is buried in Dean Cemetery.[5] The simple grave lies near the north-east corner of the first north extension, but he is also memorialised on the main family grave in the main cemetery. His younger brother Charles Alexander Stevenson lies alongside his true grave. Family[edit] In 1882 he married Annie Roberts (1862-1945).[2] The family resided in Edinburgh. Their daughter Dorothy Emily was born in 1892; she became a best-selling author of more than 40 books published under the name D. E. Stevenson. A commemorative plaque marks the house.[6] Works[edit] Career[edit] In 1884 Stevenson was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were William Swan, Peter Guthrie Tait, Robert Mackay Smith, and George Chrystal.[2] Between 1885 and 1886 he built three lighthouses with his uncle Thomas, and over the following 50 years, built a further 23 with his brother Charles. From 1904 he was assisted by John Davidson Gardner who became his Chief assistant in 1911.[7] He retired aged 83 in March 1938.

Family tree of David Alan Stevenson

Family tree David Alan Stevenson
Lighthouses of David Alan Stevenson
Ailsa Craig**1886Inner Hebrides near Girvan
Barns Ness1901East Coast, near Dunbar
Bass Rock1903East Coast, near North Berwick
Clyth Ness1916East Coast, near Lybster
Copinsay1915Orkney Islands
Duncansby Head1924North Coast near John o' Groats
Esha Ness*1929Shetland Islands
Elie Ness1916East Coast, near Elie
Fair Isle North*1892Shetland Islands, Skroo
Fair Isle South*1892Shetland Islands, Skaddan
Firths Voe*1909Shetland Islands, Mainland near Mossbank
Fidra**1885East Coast, Firth of Forth
Flannan Isle1899Outher Hebrides
Helliar Holm1893Orkney Islands
Holy Island* (outer)1905Southwest Coast, near Arran
Hyskeir*1904Inner Hebrides, near Isle of Rhum/Canna
Killanringan1900Southwest Coast, Wigtownshire
Maugold Head*1914Isle of Man
Neist Point1909Inner Herbrides, Isle of Skye
Noup Head*1898Otkney Islands, Westray
Oxcars**1886East Coast, Frith of Fife
Rattray Head1895East Coast, near Buchan
Rubha Reidh1912West Coast
Stroma*1896Morth Coast, Pentland Firth
Sule Skerry*1895Orkney Islands
Tiumpan Head*1900Outer Hebrides, Island of Lewis
Tod Head1897East Coast, Catterline
Trodday*1908Inner Hebrides, Isle of Skye, Minor light
* )with his brother Charles Stevenson
**) with his uncle Thomas Steverson

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