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In the Beginning The Eddystone Scottish Lights before the Bell Rock building the Bell Rock Lighthouses in Scotland after the Bell Rock Stevenson Exports and Later Work Modern Times Glossary Family Tree: The Stevenson Family of Engineers Bibliography and References Selective Index

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Dr Alison Morrison-Low is Principal Curator, History of Scientific Instruments and Photograph, Department of Science and technology, National Museums Scotland.


' - The great strength and attraction of Alison Morrison-Low's work is how it draws heavily on the archives and original artifacts under the care of the NMS, and on erudite textual sources, the scope and breadth at which one can only gasp in wonder. - the text is intense and specific. It oozes the highest quality of learned research and application - the well-chosen illustrations arrest the reader's attention to tarry for a while - this is undoubtedly a seminal work, a tour de force, an amazing achievement, and a thoroughly worthy advocate to glorify that other great work, Bell Rock lighthouse.' Lamp: The Quarterly Journal of the Association of Lighthouse Keepers ' - While the history of American's lighthouses is fascinating, nothing can really compare to the amazing history of the lighthouses of Scotland, which truly has one of the most dangerous coastlines in the world. - the images it does [have] truly complement the story, especially the wonderful rare and old images. - a "must have" for anyone interested in learning more about the early lighthouse development in Scotland and the Stevenson family - ' Lighthouse Digest ' - Lavishly illustrated, Morrison-Low's book traces the history of lighthouses, mainly in Scotland, using largely the extensive collections held by the National Museums of Scotland. Particularly interesting chapters, both with well-chosen illustrations, are those on the various early attempts to erect a light on the Eddystone Rocks - and on the building of the Bell Rock - ' Ayrshire Notes ' - the footnotes, references, bibliography and index are all exemplary, - it evidently reflects deep knowledge, widespread interest, and great enthusiasm on the part of the author, and will long remain canonical within the literature of Scottish industrial architecture.' Society of Antiquaries journal 'The building of the Bell Rock lighthouse is described in fascinating detail, which includes information on the painstaking preparation needed for the project, the workers involved in the dangerous building operation and the exhilarating moment when the lighthouse was finally lit ... dramatic images of landing people and equipment on lighthouses, charts and plans for proposed lighthouses, and artefacts such as oil lamps and mariners; instruments.' Scottish Memories ' ... Overall, this is a broad-ranging account that successfully moves beyond a purely romanticised view of lighthouse and beneath the architectural surface, emphasising the extent to which they are complex technological systems that really do save lives.' Journal for Maritime Research

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