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Kinnaird Head Lighthouse


by Michael A W Strachan

An Illustrated History

The Kinnaird Head Lighthouse is an active lighthouse located on Kinnaird Head, in Fraserburgh, Scotland and is the only lighthouse in the world to be built into a castle. The original light was established by Thomas Smith in 1787 and was the most powerful light of its time. The castle was saved from ruin soon after, when the newly formed Northern Lighthouse Board transformed it into their first Scottish lighthouse. Every Stevenson engineer visited and left their mark on the site, while a never-ending watch of keepers kept the light flashing for 200 years. With automation in 1991 there was a second abandonment of the old tower, until it made its latest transition from lighthouse to museum. Since 1995 it has been Scotland’s most visited lighthouse, frozen in time as a monument to the manned lighthouses of old. Drawing on a wealth of previously unpublished images, Michael Strachan tells the story of one of Scotland’s great tourist attractions.

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Michael A W Strachan


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