Charles Alexander Stevenson

Charles Alexander Stevenson MICE MIEE FRSE (1855,[1] Edinburgh – 1950) was a Scottish lighthouse engineer who built twenty-three lighthouses in and around Scotland.

Charles Alexander Stevenson
Born1855
Died1950 (aged 9495)
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
OccupationLighthouse engineer
Spouse(s)Margaret Sherriff
ChildrenD. Alan Stevenson
Two daughters
Parent(s)David Stevenson (father)
Elizabeth Mackay (mother)
RelativesDavid Alan Stevenson (brother)

Life

He was born at 8 Forth Street[2] in the east part of Edinburgh's New Town[3] The family moved to 20 Royal Terrace on Calton Hill shortly after his birth.[4]

Born into the famous Stevenson family of lighthouse engineers, son of David Stevenson and his wife Elizabeth Mackay, brother of David Alan Stevenson, and nephew of Thomas Stevenson, he was educated at Edinburgh Academy 1866 to 1872[5] then studied mathematics and engineering at the University of Edinburgh where he graduated BSc. He joined the family business of lighthouse design in 1875 remaining unpaid as a family member until 1887 when his uncle, Thomas Stevenson died, after which he became a partner.[3] Between 1887 and 1937 he built 23 lighthouses with his brother, David, and is noted for his experiments with optics. He also improved foghorns and created his own wireless communication system prior to Marconi's wireless.[3]

In 1886, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were Sir John Murray, Peter Guthrie Tait, George Chrystal and Alexander Buchan.[6]

He lived at 9 Manor Place in Edinburgh with Ernest Maddox as his neighbour at 7 Manor Place.[7]

He died on 9 May 1950. He is buried in the first northern extension to Dean Cemetery in western Edinburgh. The grave lies on the north path towards the north-east corner. His son David Alan Stevenson lies alongside.

Family

He married Margaret Sherriff (1863–1945). With her he had two daughters and a son, David Alan (1891–1971), who was the last of the family to enter the profession of lighthouse design.

His cousin was Robert Louis Stevenson, and grandfather was the lighthouse engineer, Robert Stevenson.

Lighthouses of Charles A Stevenson

References

  1. "DSA Architect Biography Report". Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  2. Edinburgh and Leith Post Office Directory 1854-1855
  3. "Bellrock.org.uk : Stevensons : Charles Stevenson 1855-1950". www.bellrock.org.uk. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  4. Edinburgh and Leith Post Office directory 1855-56
  5. Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.
  6. Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.
  7. Edinburgh and Leith Post Office Directory 1891-92

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