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Coventry Dick-Peddie (2 Dec 1863 – 3 May 1950)

Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society
Volume 77, Issue 332, pages 332–336, April 1951

Coventry Dick-Peddie, as the chairman of the Northern Lighthouse Heritage Trust recently remarked, with tongue in cheek of course, was responsible for keeping the Stevenson family under control during his tenure as Secretary of the Northern Lighthouse Commissioners from 1901 until 1929.

Robert Louis Stevenson, though not so widely popular as he once was – my grandfather had a complete edition of all his works (apart from A Child's Garden of Verses!) – is still by far the best known of the truly remarkable Stevenson family of Scottish lighthouse engineers. The scale of their accomplishments was simply staggering – particularly as regards David Stevenson and Charles Stevenson, whose careers both spanned the period from the late 1890's to the late 1930's, bracketting that of Dick-Peddie himself.