The lighthouse stevensons in the story of the many generations of stevensons whose priority was with the scottish lighthouse building in the 18th century thomas smith married robert stevensons widowed mother which merged their two families and thus began from scratch the building of the lighthouses in scotland. In the preface ms bathurst says that she didnt attempt to write a definitive biography of the lighthouse stevensons but she hoped the book will be seen as a kind of taster for the subject and that anyone wanting to search further will be able to do so this reader for one found this remarkable book to be very tasty indeed. The lighthouse stevensons the story of the remarkable family who tamed the wild scottish coastline told 200 years after the building of their first iconic lighthouse the bell rock. For centuries the seas around scotland were notorious for shipwrecks mariners only aids were skill luck and single coal fire light on the east coast which was usually extinguished by rain in 1786 the northern lighthouse trust was established with robert stevenson appointed as chief engineer a few years later. In 1814 sara stevenson the well bred but high spirited daughter of celebrated scottish lighthouse designer robert stevenson falls in love with a common sailor thomas crichton on the day of their clandestine elopement thomas mysteriously disappears leaving sara heartbroken secretly pregnant and at the mercy of her overbearing family
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