Robert Stevenson plaque unveiled at Courtyard by Marriott

Plaque awarded by Historic Environment Scotland

A plaque commemorating the life of Scottish lighthouse engineer Robert Stevenson has been unveiled by his great-great-great grandson, James Will.

The plaque was awarded by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and appears on the external wall of Stevenson’s former home, which has recently been renovated and re-opened as a new hotel named Courtyard by Marriott.

At the unveiling, Will was joined by Mike Bullock, CEO of the Northern Lighthouse Board and the Courtyard’s GM, Douglas Winfield, who all worked with the hotel’s designer during the building’s refurbishment.

The interior includes images of Stevenson’s famous Bell Rock Lighthouse, as well as technical drawings and maps that appear in public areas and every room. A bust of the engineer sits in the foyer and the hotel’s boardroom is called the Stevenson Room.

Bullock said: “We are delighted and proud to see the unveiling of this plaque at Robert Stevenson’s former home. Stevenson made a huge contribution to the safety of mariners in Scottish and Isle of Man Waters, and it’s only right we continue to remember and celebrate the life of this amazing engineer and recognise the historical significance of Baxter Place.”

Winfield, GM, said: “It is fitting to mark our first anniversary with the unveiling of the official commemorative plaque to Robert Stevenson. To be awarded this plaque is something we are all very proud of.

“The blend of heritage and modern is extremely important to us and the history of the building is captured throughout the hotel.”

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