Corsewall Lighthouse

Corsewall Lighthouse is a lighthouse at Corsewall Point, Kirkcolm near Stranraer in the region of Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland. First lit in 1817, it overlooks the North Channel of the Irish Sea. The definition of the name Corsewall is the place or well of the Cross.

Corsewall Lighthouse
Corsewall Lighthouse and Hotel
LocationCorsewall Point
Coordinates55.007162°N 5.159397°W / 55.007162; -5.159397
Year first constructed1816
Constructionmasonry tower
Tower shapecylindrical tower with balcony and lantern attached to a 2-storey keeper’s house
Markings / patternwhite tower, black lantern, ochre trim
Tower height34 metres (112 ft)
Focal height34 metres (112 ft)
Light sourcemains power
Range22 nautical miles (41 km; 25 mi)
CharacteristicFl (5) W 30s
Admiralty numberA4604
NGA number4796
ARLHS numberSCO-052
Managing agentCorsewall Lighthouse Hotel[1][2]
Heritagecategory A listed building 


In 1814, a Kirkman Finley applied to the Trade of Clyde for a lighthouse on Corsill Point. The Northern Lighthouse Board Engineer investigated and made the decision that a light at the entrance of Lochryan in Galloway and also one on the Point of Ayre in the Isle of Man, would be the most beneficial. Robert Stevenson, inspected in December of that year and soon the 30 ft tower and house were in the first stages of construction.

Corsewall Lighthouse was exhibited in 1817 but that year, the Principal Keeper at Corsewall was reported for incompetence after falling asleep on duty as the revolving apparatus of the light had stopped for a certain period. They suspended him and he was to never chiefly monitor a lighthouse again and was demoted as an assistant at Bell Rock.[3]

In November 1970, Concorde reportedly flew over the lighthouse on a trial flight and shattered panes of glass on the lighthouse. Later flights did not affect it.

Corsewall Lighthouse was automated in 1994 and is now monitored from the Northern Lighthouse Board's offices in Edinburgh. Although the light is still operated by the Northern Lighthouse Board, since automation in 1994 the rest of Corsewall Lighthouse has been converted into the Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel.[4]

See also


  1. Corsewall The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 10 May 2016
  2. Corsewall Northern Lighthouse Board. Retrieved 10 May 2016
  3. Northern Lighthouse Board history of the light Archived 2 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved on 24 June 2008
  4. Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel, Retrieved on 24 June 2008

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