Monthly Archives: January 2019

Battle of the Isle of May

Thursday 31st January comments: The Isle of May has many stories and tales to tell but 101 years ago, a fateful evening proved so costly to so many as on 31st January 1918, the ‘Battle of the Isle of May’ … Continue reading

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Lighthouse open!

Saturday 26th January comments: Over the last two weeks we’ve brought you lighthouse stories of the Isle of May, from the very first Beacon to the departure of the lighthouse keepers in 1989. However during the season as well as … Continue reading

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Goodbye Lighthouse Keepers

Thursday 24th January Comments: The Isle of May lighthouse history is as interesting as it is long. From the first ever coal burning lighthouse in 1636 up to the modern Stevenson lighthouse constructed in 1816, the island had seen it … Continue reading

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Life of the Light

Wednesday 23rd January comments: The main Stevenson lighthouse was constructed in 1816 and powered by electricity from 1886 (the first Scottish lighthouse to be powered by electricity) and the Beacon fell into disrepair. However a third smaller lighthouse was constructed … Continue reading

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First Electric Lighthouse

Tuesday 15th January comments: The year 1816 was a significant year for the Isle of May as the new lighthouse designed and constructed by Robert Stevenson became fully operational. As with all lighthouses, many stories followed and the isle of … Continue reading

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Stevenson Lighthouse

Sunday 13th January comments: The Beacon light had served the Isle of May well for 179 years but gradually it limitations were proving decisive. Following the tragedy of two Royal Navy boats which had wrecked in 1810, the Northern Lighthouse … Continue reading

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Scotland Oldest Lighthouse: the Beacon

Photos Above show the Beacon at present day, reduced to one floor but still sitting proud Friday 11th January comments: The Beacon stands proudly on the highest point of the Isle of May and was constructed in 1636 making it … Continue reading

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