Alan Stevenson

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Alan Stevenson
Born 1807
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died 1865 (aged 57–58)
Portobello, Edinburgh
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Occupation Lighthouse engineer
Employer Northern Lighthouse Board
Children Robert Alan Mowbray Stevenson
Jean Margaret Alan Stevenson
Dorothea Francis Alan Stevenson
Katharine Elizabeth Alan Stevenson
Parent(s) Robert Stevenson (father)
Jean Smith (mother)
Relatives David Stevenson (brother)
Thomas Stevenson (brother)
Skerryvore Lighthouse
Alan Stevenson's grave, New Calton Cemetery

Alan Stevenson FRSE LLD MInstCE (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.[1]

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 was born in Edinburgh on 28 April 1807 the son of Robert Stevenson and his wife, Jean Smith (his step-sister!).[2] He was educated at the High School in Edinburgh then studied at Edinburgh University graduating MA in 1826.

In 1838 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh his proposer being James David Forbes. He was Engineer in Chief for the Northern Lighthouse Board from 1843 to 1853.[3]

He died at 13 Pitt Street[4] (later renamed Pittville St)[5] in Portobello on 23 December 1865.

He is buried in the Stevenson family vault in New Calton Cemetery with his wife, Margaret Scott Jones. The vault lies midway along the eastern wall.


  • Biographical Sketches of the Late Robert Stevenson (1861)[6]


He was married to Margaret Scott Jones, daughter of Humphrey Herbert Jones of Anglesey. They had one son, Robert Alan Mowbray Stevenson (1827-1880) and Katherine de Mattos Stevenson (d.1939).[7]

He was uncle to Robert Louis Stevenson, Charles Alexander Stevenson and David Alan Stevenson

Lighthouses by Alan Stevenson[edit]


Family Tree[edit]

Alan's position in the Stevenson family tree.


  1. ^ Waterston, Charles D; Macmillan Shearer, A (July 2006). Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783-2002: Biographical Index (PDF). II. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ISBN 978-0-902198-84-5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 October 2006. Retrieved 31 December 2010.
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  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Portobello Post Office Directory 1865
  5. ^ NLS 1893 map of Portobello
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  7. ^ Inscription on grave of Alan Stevenson, New Calton Cemetery