Little Ross

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Little Ross Lighthouse
Range Rear
Gypsy point - - 343748.jpg
Gypsy point looking over to Little Ross Island with two lighthouses
Little Ross is located in Scotland
Little Ross
Location Little Ross Island
Dumfries and Galloway
United Kingdom
Coordinates 54°45′56″N 4°05′05″W / 54.765671°N 4.084695°W / 54.765671; -4.084695Coordinates: 54°45′56″N 4°05′05″W / 54.765671°N 4.084695°W / 54.765671; -4.084695
Year first constructed 1843
Automated 1961
Construction masonry tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern attached to 1-storey keeper’s house
Markings / pattern white tower, black lantern, ochre trim
Height 22 metres (72 ft)
Focal height 50 metres (160 ft)
Light source solar power
Characteristic Fl W 5s.
Admiralty number A4634
NGA number 4828
ARLHS number SCO-125
Managing agent Northern Lighthouse Board[1]

Little Ross is a small island with a lighthouse in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. It is next to Meikle Ross on the mainland, which is a headland, and there are two small rocks off it, Sugarloaf and Fox Craig.


The lighthouse was constructed in 1843 by Alan Stevenson, it is approximately 66 feet tall[2] and has been automated since 1961.[3]

1960 Murder[edit]

In August 1960 two relief lighthouse keepers were on duty the holiday of the principal keeper. The secretary of the local RNLI arrived on the island with his son for lunch and a walk and discovered the body of one of the keepers, Hugh Clark. After a nationwide hunt the other relief keeper, Robert Dickson was arrested and found guilty of murder for which he was sentenced to hang.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Little Ross (Range Rear) The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 17 May 2016
  2. ^
  3. ^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 
  4. ^ Kirkcudbright Community Website

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