|Born||28 April 1807|
|Died||23 December 1865 (aged 58)|
|Education||Royal High School, Edinburgh|
|Alma mater||University of Edinburgh|
|Employer||Northern Lighthouse Board|
|Known for||lighthouse design|
|Spouse(s)||Margaret Scott Jones (1813–1895)|
|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)
Robert Louis Stevenson (nephew)
Stevenson was born in Edinburgh on 28 April 1807 the eldest son Jean Smith and her husband and step-brother Robert Stevenson. He was a member of the Stevenson family of engineers, eldest son of Robert Stevenson, and brother of David and Thomas Stevenson. The writer Robert Louis Stevenson was his nephew.
He was educated at the High School in Edinburgh. In 1921, he attended the University of Edinburgh to study Latin, Greek and mathematics with a view to becoming a member of the clergy. However, 2 years later in 1823, he decided to pursue a career in engineering and began a four-year apprenticeship at his father's business. He continued to study part-time at the University and graduated with an MA in 1926.
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)
On 11 September 1844, he married Margaret Scott Jones (1813–1895), daughter of Jean (née Scott) and Humphrey Herbert Jones of Anglesey. They had three daughters, Jean, Dorothea and the author and journalist Katherine Elizabeth de Mattos Stevenson (1851-1939), and one son, art critic Robert Alan Mowbray Stevenson (1827-1880).
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)
- 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
Alan's position in the Stevenson family tree.
|Robert Stevenson engineering family tree|
- Matthew, H. C. G.; Harrison, B., eds. (23 September 2004), "The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography", The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/26427, retrieved 5 May 2019
- 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.
- 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.
- Portobello Post Office Directory 1865
- NLS 1893 map of Portobello
- Inscription on grave of Alan Stevenson, New Calton Cemetery
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