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Copinsay Lighthouse

Lighthouse (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Copinsay Lighthouse

Classification Lighthouse (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 3256

Site Number HY60SW 7

NGR HY 61376 01211

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish St Andrews And Deerness
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney

Archaeology Notes

HY60SW 7.00 61376 01211

HY60NW 7.01 61359 61220 Keepers' Houses

(Location cited as HY 613 031). Copinsay Lighthouse, completed 1915 by engineer D Alan Stevenson. A short circular-section tower, with a similar foghorn tower and two-storey, flat-roofed keepers' houses.

J R Hume 1977.

See also sale brochure, Knight, Frank and Rutley, June 1991 (D5/SH[P]) for photograph and other items relating to sale of lightkeepers' houses.

Information from RCAHMS [1991].

Name: Copinsay (1914-15)

Location: N58 54 W2 40 North Sea, 2 miles SE of Point of Ayre

Designed and built: D A Stevenson

Light first exhibited: 8 November 1915

Description: circular brick tower, painted white: horn tower adjacent

Height of light above MHW: 259ft (79m)

Height of tower: 53ft (16m)

Light source and characteristics: W Gp Fl (5) ev 30 secs. 250W mercury vapour lamp: 180,000cp: nominal range 15nm

Fog warning apparatus: electric (4) ev 60 secs

Manning: unwatched (automatic since 31 March 1991 and monitored from Northern Lighthouse Board HQ, Edinburgh)

Fog signal tower demolished 1985

C Nicholson 1995.


Construction (1915)

Light established in 1915.

K Allardyce 1998

Modification (1991)

Auotmated in 1991.

K Allardyce 1998


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