Corsewall Lighthouse is a lighthouse at Corsewall Point, Kirkcolm near Stranraer in the region of Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland. First lit in 1817, it overlooks the North Channel of the Irish Sea. The definition of the name Corsewall is the place or well of the Cross.
Corsewall Lighthouse and Hotel
|Year first constructed||1816|
|Tower shape||cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern attached to a 2-storey keeper’s house|
|Markings / pattern||white tower, black lantern, ochre trim|
|Tower height||34 metres (112 ft)|
|Focal height||34 metres (112 ft)|
|Light source||mains power|
|Range||22 nautical miles (41 km; 25 mi)|
|Characteristic||Fl (5) W 30s|
|Managing agent||Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel |
|Heritage||category A listed building|
In 1814, a Kirkman Finley applied to the Trade of Clyde for a lighthouse on Corsill Point. The Northern Lighthouse Board Engineer investigated and made the decision that a light at the entrance of Lochryan in Galloway and also one on the Point of Ayre in the Isle of Man, would be the most beneficial. Robert Stevenson, inspected in December of that year and soon the 30ft tower and house were in the first stages of construction.
Corsewall Lighthouse was exhibited in 1817 but that year, the Principal Keeper at Corsewall was reported for incompetence after falling asleep on duty as the revolving apparatus of the light had stopped for a certain period. They suspended him and he was to never chiefly monitor a lighthouse again and was demoted as an assistant at Bell Rock.
In November 1970, Concorde reportedly flew over the lighthouse on a trial flight and shattered panes of glass on the lighthouse. Later flights did not affect it.
Corsewall Lighthouse was automated in 1994 and is now monitored from the Northern Lighthouse Board's offices in Edinburgh. Although the light is still operated by the Northern Lighthouse Board, since automation in 1994 the rest of Corsewall Lighthouse has been converted into the Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel.