Earliest Lighthouse Keepers
The earliest mentions of lighthouse keepers by name are as follows:
1730: Knott William
1755 (Dec): Henry Hall was one of the keepers of the Eddystone lighthouse built by John Rudyerd
1759 (October 20): Keepers of John Smeaton’s Eddystone lighthouse at the time of first lighting were:
Henry Edwards, Henry Carter and John Hatherley. They were named in The Eddystone Lighthouses by T Williams, p172.
Other keepers mentioned by name in the late 18th century are:
Ace, Abraham; Glamorgan 1779 Penrice; 1841 Mumbles
Barehard, William; Norfolk 1791 Gt. Yarmouth; 1841 PK Needles
Barnby, John; Yorkshire 1799 Hull; 1841 Spurn Head
Brooks, Samuel; Flintshire 1791 Gwespyr; 1841 Point of Air
Coomben family at Portland Bill
Darling family at Longstone, Farne
Dilling, James; Devon 1791 Crediton; 1841 Eddystone
Fairchild, Samuel; Cornwall c1786; 1841 St Agnes
Fallon, James; Ireland 1791 Dublin; 1841 Inner Farne
Flinn, Richard; Devon 1796 Plymouth or Devon 1795 Exmouth); 1841 St Bees
Fox, Henry; Norfolk 1766 Burnham.; 1836 Hunstanton (White's Directory) 1839 Hunstanton (Robsons Commercial Directory) 1841 On pension at Hunstanton, Norfolk
Griffiths, Hugh; Anglesey 1775 Holyhead; 1841 South Stack.
Henderson, William; Scotland 1786; 1841 St Anthony
Howard, Samuel Lee; Kent 1795 Deptford; 1841 Hunstanton Howell, James; 1786; 1815 Hurst.
Howgego, William; Essex 1791 Harwich; 1841 Ashore at Harwich
Hughes, Richard; Anglesey 1794 Holyhead; 1841 Point of Air
Page, John; IOW 1780 Yarmouth; 1841 Hurst
Palmer, Rees; Pembrokeshire 1797 Angle; 1841 Nash Point
Richards, Roger; Monmouthshire 1779 Malpas; 1841 West Usk
Shoemack, William; Somerset 1799 Martock; 1841 Start Point
Terry (poss. Perry), William James; Kent 1783 Brenzett; 1841 Dungeness
Trahair, Richard; Cornwall 1798 St Just; 1841 Longships.
Vansten, James; Devon 1791 Buckland Filleigh; 1841 Bardsey
Watson, John; Yorks 1766 Kilnsea.; Watson was keeper at Spurn Head when he married in 1797, and apparently continued until his death in 1807.
Whayman, John; Suffolk 1779 Sudbourne; 1841 Orfordness
Whitehead, Edward; Northumberland 1799 Warkworth; 1841 Coquet
Admiral Hamilton was much struck with the cleanliness and perfect order of the North and South Foreland lighthouses, and the manner and intelligence of the lighthouse keepers. [Personal Observations Made by the Commissioners, Appendix to Report on Lights, Buoys, and Beacons p2, in Lighthouse Management Vol 1 (1861).