ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: October 8, 2020
For the Safety of All: The Story of Scotland’s Lighthouses
By (author) Donald S Murray
Lighthouses punctuate Scotland’s coastline – a stoic presence on the edge ofthe landscape. Since the earliest of these hardy structures were raised, they have been a lifeline for seafarers at the mercy of treacherous weather and uncertain navigation.The lighthouse is now one of many maritime resources which converge ‘for thesafety of all’. But we are still drawn to the solitary life of the keeper, the beautyof the lens of the lamp and the calm reassurance of a flashing light on a distantshore.Donald S Murray explores Scotland’s lighthouses through history, storytellingand the voices of the lightkeepers. From ancient beacons to the work of theStevensons and the Northern Lighthouse Board, and from wartime strife toautomation and preservation, the lighthouses stand as a testament to the nation’s innate connection to the sea.Published in partnership between HES and NLB.
Donald S Murray
Donald S Murray grew up under the gleam of Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, and lighthouses have remained a continual presence in his life. He is the author of non fiction, fiction and poetry, with a particular focus on Scotland’s islands. His books include the acclaimed As the Women Lay Dreaming, The Dark Stuff: Stories from the Peatlands and The Guga Hunters.