Did you know that the island of Little Cumbrae had two lighthouses? The first was built in 1757, but the decision was made by the Little Cumbrae Lighthouse Trustees to build a second in 1793. This was on the south-west point of the island closer to the coast.

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As it is #LighthouseDay we thought we would share this submission and decreet arbitral. It highlights that not all were as pleased with the new lighthouse! Tacksmen of the area sought to claim for damages caused to the ground by the construction of the new lighthouse and the road. They were compensated for these damages and the lighthouse keeper was also to receive the use of one acre ‘for a garden and pleasure ground.’ Dated 1795.

Acc 19_003 Little Cumbrae Lighthouse Decreet (1)

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Acc 19_003 Little Cumbrae Lighthouse damages sustained in creation of new lighthouse (1) cropped

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Acc 19_003 Little Cumbrae Lighthouse damages sustained in creation of new lighthouse (3) cropped

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