This information has been compiled by John and Diane Robinson.

 

Liverpool’s Lighthouse Keepers

Name/Rank

Lighthouse

Service

Abernethy, Thomas

Crosby Lightship

1845 - 1856

     Keeper

Formby

1856 - 1856 (Formby closed)

     Keeper

Crosby

1856 - 1887 (Died)

 

 

 

Adams, James

Puffin Is. Teleg.

1838 – 1860 (Superann.) (Keeper)

     Keeper

Bidston teleg.

1861 - 1869

     Keeper

Bidston lighthouse

1869 – 1879  (Superann.)

 

 

 

Adams, Jane

Bidston

1870 - 1875 (Assistant)

 

 

 

Adams, Mary

Bidston

1867 - 1869 (Asst. telegraph)

     Assistant (LH)

Bidston

1869 - 1870

 

 

 

Ainsdell, Jeremiah

Hoylake upper

1764 - ?

 

 

 

Appleton, Thos./Samuel

Rock

1830 - 1832?

 

 

 

Askew, James Herbert

Bidston teleg.

1864 - 1864

     Assistant Keeper

Hoylake lower

1864 - 1869

     2nd Assistant

Ormeshead

1869 - 1872 

     Keeper

Hoylake lower

1872 - 1875 

     Assistant Keeper

Bidston

1875 - 1883

     Keeper

Hilbre teleg.

1883 - 1888

     Keeper

Hoylake lower

1888 - 1892

     1st Assistant

Bidston

1892 - 1901

     Keeper

Ormeshead

1901 - 1912 (Superann.)

 

 

 

Austin, Ernest

Bidston

1900 - 1901

     2nd Assistant

Lynas

1901 - 1903

     Assistant Keeper

Ormeshead

1903 - 1911 (Died)

 

 

 

Austin, John

Liverpool Teleg.

1877 - 1883

     2nd Assistant

Ormeshead

1883 - 1885

     Assistant Keeper

Ormeshead

1885 - 1900

     Keeper

Liverpool Teleg.

1900 - 1909

     Caretaker

Leasowe

1909 - 1920

 

 

 

Beaver, Robert

Lynas

1809 - 1814 (Died)  Keeper

 

 

 

Bell, Thomas

Lightship seaman

1854 - 1856

 

Dock gateman

1856 - 1860

 

Landing stage

1860 - 1865

     Assistant Keeper

Hoylake lower

1865 - 1868

     Keeper

Hoylake upper

1868 - 1880

     Keeper

Leasowe

1880 - 1892  (Died)

 

 

 

Bennett, Elizabeth

Hoylake upper

1828 - 1829

 

 

 

Bennett, John

Leasowe lower

1764 - ?

 

 

 

Bennett, Joseph

Hoylake upper

1809 - 1828 (Died)

 

 

 

Beynon, Maurice

Lightship

1876 - 1884

     2nd Assistant

Lynas

1884 - 1896 (1876 – 1884 lightship)

     Assistant Keeper

Hoylake lower

1896 - 1905

     Keeper

Hoylake lower

1905 - 1907

     Keeper

Point Lynas

1907 - 1915 (Died)

 

 

 

Bird, Henry

Mersey Tender

1854 - 1860

     Keeper

Hoylake lower

1860 – 1868 (Died)

 

 

 

Bird, William

Hoylake upper

1819 - 1855 (Superann.)

 

 

 

Brett, Ronnie

Ormeshead

1969 - ?  (Keeper)

 

 

 

Brown, Joseph

Rock

1834 - 1834 (Resigned)

 

 

 

Brown, Richardson

Lightship seaman

1851 - 1857

 

Landing Stage

1857 - 1865

     Assistant Keeper

Hoylake upper

1865 - 1871

 

 

 

Buckley, Robert

Lightship seaman

1873 - 1891

     Assistant Keeper

Hoylake, lower

1891 - 1896

     Keeper

Crosby

1896 - 1898 (Died)

(Lost his life in Crosby fire)

 

 

 

 

 

Chambers, David

Lightship seaman

1863 - 1879

     Keeper

Hoylake lower

1879 - 1888

     Keeper

Bidston

1888 - 1903 (Superann.)

 

 

 

Christopherson, John

Rock

1832 - 1833

     2nd Keeper

Rock

1833 - 1834 (Resigned)

     1st Keeper

Rock

   ?    -  1836

     Keeper

Formby

1836 - 1839

     Keeper

Crosby

1839 - 1840 (Resigned)

 

 

 

Codd, James

Lightship seaman

1876 - 1887

     Assistant Keeper

Dove Marks

1887 - 1890

     Assistant Keeper

Hoylake, lower

1890 - 1891

     Subordinate Mate

Lightships

1891 - 1897

     Assistant Keeper

North Wall

1897 - 1901 (Superann.)

 

 

 

Curwen, Matthew

Rock

1832 - 1832 (Resigned)

     3rd Keeper

Rock

1834 - 1836

     2nd Keeper

Rock

1836 - 1837 

     Principal Keeper

Rock

1837 - 1841 (Removed)

 

 

 

Dodd, Arthur Middleton

Voel Nant

1868 - 1885  (Assistant Keeper)

     Assistant Keeper

South Stack tele.

1885 - 1888

     2nd Assistant

Ormeshead

1888 - 1892

     Assistant Keeper

Liverpool teleg.

1892 - 1893  (Resigned)

 

 

 

Dodd, James Johnson

Voel Nant teleg.

1880 - 1882 (Assistant Keeper)

    Assistant Keeper

S.Stack Teleg.

1882 - 1885

     2nd Assistant

Ormeshead

1885 - 1888

     Keeper

Voel Nant teleg.

1888 - 1915

     Keeper

Lynas

1915 - 1930  (Superann.)

 

 

 

Dodd, William M.

Ormeshead

1874 - 1875  (Resigned)

 

 

 

Eaton, Harry

Messenger

1905 - 1921

     Junior Asst. Keeper

Ormeshead

1921 - 1925

     Assistant Keeper

North Wall

1925 - 1940+

 

 

 

Eccles, Robert

Hilbre teleg.

1883 - 1885  (Assistant Keeper)

     Assistant

Voel Nant teleg.

1885 - 1888

     Assistant

S. Stack teleg.

1888 - 1892

     2nd Assistant Keeper

Ormeshead

1892 - 1896

     2nd Keeper

Lynas

1896 - 1901

     1st Assistant Keeper

Lynas

1901 - 1913

     Keeper

Ormeshead

1913 - 1930  (Superann.)

 

 

 

Eccles, Samuel

Messenger

1888 - 1900

     2nd Assistant

Ormeshead

1900 - 1902  (Resigned)

 

 

 

Eccles, Thomas

Lightship seaman

1865 - 1875

     Assistant Keeper

Hoylake lower

1875 - 1890

     Assistant Keeper

Dove Marks

1890 - 1899

     Keeper

Hoylake lower

1899 – 1905 (Superann.)

 

 

 

Eccles, William

Lightship seaman

1895 - 1905

     Assistant Keeper

Hoylake lower

1905 - 1908

    

Lightship seaman

1908 - 1914

     Assistant Keeper

Rock

1914 - 1924

    

Head stage man

1924 - 1934

 

 

 

Flockheart, William

Rock

1830 - 1830 (Resigned)

 

 

 

Francis, John Thompson

Rock

1875 - 1902 (Died)  (Keeper)

 

 

 

Gaylord, D.

Lynas

1949 - 1969?  (Assistant)

 

 

 

Green, John W.

Rock

1848 - 1864 (3rd Keeper)

     2nd Keeper

Rock

1864 - 1874 (Died)

 

 

 

Grumley, Nicholas G.

Ormeshead

1902 - 1903 (2nd Assistant)

     2nd Assistant

Bidston

1903 - 1910 (Died)

 

 

 

Hannah, John

Rock

1837 - 1841 (3rd Keeper)

     1st Keeper

Rock

1841 - 1874 (Superann.)

 

 

 

Henderson, Johnson

Crosby

1840 -1842 (Keeper) (Died)

 

 

 

Hughes, John Edward

Dock gateman

1856 - 1858

     Keeper

Hoylake lower

1858 - 1862

     Assistant Keeper

Ormeshead

1862 - 1866

     Keeper

Hoylake upper

1866 - 1868

     Keeper

Hoylake lower

1868 - 1879

     Keeper

Bidston

1879 - 1888  (Superann.)

 

 

 

Hughes, Thomas

Rock

1840 - ?

 

 

 

Johns, Thomas (Assistant)

Hoylake upper

1871 - 1880 (Died)

 

 

 

Johnson, Luke

Rock

1830 - 1832  (Dismissed)

 

 

 

Jones, Ann

Leasowe

1854 - 1867  (Died)

 

 

 

Jones, Edward

Lightship seaman

1860 - 1877

     Keeper

North Wall

1877 - 1887

     Keeper

Crosby

1887 - 1896 (Superann. 1896)

 

 

 

Jones, Ellen

Ormeshead

1863 - 1866  (Asst., Keeper’s daughter)

 

 

 

Jones, F.L.

Lynas

    ?   - 1949  (Resigned)  (Snr. Asst.)

 

 

 

Jones, Job

Hilbre Teleg.

1833 – 1834 (Resigned)

 

Llysfaen Teleg.

1836 - 1842

     Keeper

Ormeshead Teleg.

1842 - 1862

     Keeper

Ormeshead

1862 - 1885  (Superann.)

 

 

 

Jones, John

Leasowe

1830 - 1854  (Dismissed)

 

 

 

Jones, John

Lynas

1850 - 1856 (Resigned)  (Assistant)

 

 

 

Jones, Lewis

Lynas Teleg.

1875 - 1879 (Asst. old telegraph station)

     2nd Assistant

Lynas

1879 - 1884 (new combined LH & teleg)

     Assistant Keeper

Bidston

1884 - 1885

     Assistant Keeper

Voel Nant teleg.

1885 - 1888

     Keeper

Hilbre Teleg.

1888 - 1923

 

 

 

Jones, William

Dock gateman

1838 - 1850

     3rd Keeper

Rock

1850 - 1874 (Superann.)

 

 

 

Kaney, William

Lightship seaman

1870 - 1886

     Assistant Keeper

Dove Marks

1886 - 1887

     1st Assistant

Bidston

1887 - 1892

     Keeper

Hoylake lower

1892 - 1899

     Keeper

Lynas

1899 - 1907 (Superann.)

 

 

 

Lawrence, William

Rock

1842 - 1848 (3rd Keeper)

     2nd Keeper

Rock

1848 - 1850

 

 

 

Lee, James, Snr.

Hoylake lower

1836 - 1860 (Died)

 

 

 

Lee, James, Jnr.

Dock gateman

1852 - 1855

     Keeper

Hoylake upper

1855 - 1866

     Assistant Keeper

Ormeshead

1866 - 1874  (Superann.)

 

 

 

Lloyd, David

Rock

1837 - 1846

     Keeper

Crosby

1846 - 1851

     Keeper

Formby

1851 - 1855 (Killed, train accident)

 

 

 

Makin, William

Lightship seaman

1887 - 1906

     Subordinate Mate

Rock

1906 - 1913

     Keeper

Rock

1913 - 1914

     Keeper

North Wall

1914 - 1916 (Died)

 

 

 

Mathias, William

Holyhead Teleg.

1847 - 1859 (Assistant)

     Keeper

Holyhead Teleg.

1859 - 1872

     1st Assistant

Bidston

1872 - 1885

     Keeper

Ormeshead

1885 - 1901 (Superann. 1901)

Started at Holyhead age 12

 

 

 

 

 

Mathias, William P.

Messenger

1909 - 1909

     Assistant Keeper

Hilbre Teleg.

1909 - 1910

     Assistant Keeper

Liverpool Teleg.

1910 - 1911

     2nd Assistant

South Stack Teleg.

1911 - 1912

     2nd Assistant

Lynas

1912 - 1937

     Senior Assistant

Lynas

1937 - 1947

     Keeper

Lynas

1947 - 1949 (Retired ill health 1949)

 

 

 

McLaughlin, John

Rock

1914 - 1924  (then head stageman)

 

 

 

Morgan, Albert Herbert

Messenger

1880 - 1881

     Assistant Keeper

Hilbre teleg.

1881 - 1883

     Assistant Keeper

Liverpool teleg.

1883 - 1885

     Assistant Keeper

Bidston

1885 - 1900

     1st Assistant

Ormeshead

1900 - 1903

     1st Assistant

Bidston

1903 - 1912

     Keeper

Ormeshead

1912 - 1913

     Keeper then caretaker

Bidston

1913 - 1916

     Keeper

North Wall

1916 - 1927 (Superann.)

 

 

 

Morgan, Alma Inkerman

Lynas

?

 

 

 

Morgan, David

Rock

1841 - 1848

     Keeper

Lynas

1848 - 1884  (Superann.)

 

 

 

Morgan, Joseph

Lightship seaman

1843 - 1864

     Storekeeper

Marine Surveyor

1864 - 1867

     Keeper

Leasowe

1867 - 1880

     Keeper

Hoylake upper

1880 - 1886

     Keeper

Dove Marks

1886 - 1886  (Superann.)

 

 

 

Morgan, Lettice

Lynas

1856 - 1863  (Resigned)  (Assistant)

 

 

 

Morgan, Mary

Lynas

1863 - 1867+  (Assistant)

 

 

 

Morgan, Ridley Latimer W.

Lynas

1873 - 1875  (Resigned)  (Assistant)

 

 

 

Peterkin, Albert G.

Ormeshead

1866 - 1869  (Resigned)

 

 

 

Peterkin, William R.

Ormeshead

1872 - 1874  (2nd Assistant)

 

 

 

Pierce, George

Lynas

   ?    - 1872 (to S. Stack telegraph)

 

 

 

Pritchard, Elizabeth

Lynas

1832 -1848 (Died)  Keeper

 

 

 

Pritchard, John

Lynas

1848 - 1848 (Resigned)  (Assistant)

 

 

 

Pritchard, Robert, (Lt.)

Lynas

1814 - 1832 (Died)  (Keeper)

 

 

 

Pritchard, Robert

Ormeshead

1875 - 1883  (2nd Assistant)

     Assistant

Bidston

1883 - 1883  (Died)

 

 

 

Rimmer, Thomas

Hoylake upper

1764 -    ?

 

 

 

Roberts, Richard

Puffin Island

1846 – 1852 (Assistant)

     Keeper

Puffin Island

1852 – 1855

     Assistant

Lynas

1855 - 1879

     1st Assistant

Lynas

1879 - 1884

     Keeper

Lynas

1884 - 1899  (Superann.)

(53 years with the MDHB)

 

 

 

 

 

Robertson, Thomas

North Wall

1877 - 1906  (Superann.) (Keeper)

 

 

 

Robinson, J.A.

Ormeshead

   ?    - 1936  (Died)

 

 

 

Rowland, A.E.

North Wall

1923? - 1925

 

 

 

Schofield, Walter

Lynas

1948 - 1973+

 

 

 

Seed, Jane

Hoylake upper

1808 - 1809  (sister of Thomas)

 

 

 

Seed, Nicholas

Hoylake upper

1776 - ?

 

 

 

Seed, Thomas

Hoylake upper

   ?    - 1808  (Died)

 

 

 

Slade, William Alfred

Lightship seaman

1897 - 1901

     2nd Keeper

Bidston

1901 - 1903

     2nd Assistant

Lynas

1903 - 1912

     1st Assistant

Ormeshead

1912 - 1930

     Keeper

Lynas

1930 - 1937  (Superann.)

 

 

 

Smarley, Alexander

Leasowe upper

1764 - 1765?

 

 

 

Smith, John, Snr.

Hoylake lower

c.1774 - 1814

 

 

 

Smith, John, Jnr.

Hoylake lower

1814 - 1836  (Superann.)

 

 

 

Smith, John

Leasowe

1803 - 1830

 

 

 

Smith, Thomas

Lightship seaman

1886 - 1902

     Keeper

Rock

1902 - 1906

     Keeper

North Wall

1906 - 1914

     Keeper

Rock

1914 - 1919+

 

 

 

Spinks, James

Lightship seaman

1862 - 1864

 

Hoylake lower

1864 - 1872  (Dismissed)

 

 

 

Stanford, Charles, Snr.

Lightship seaman

1876 - 1884

     Assistant Keeper

Lynas

1884 - 1901

     1st Assistant

Bidston

1901 - 1903

     Keeper

Bidston

1903 - 1913 (Superann.)

 

 

 

Stanford, Charles, Jnr.

Bidston

1910 - 1913

     Assistant Keeper

Lynas

1913 - 1913 

     Assistant Keeper

North Wall

1913 - 1923

     Senior Keeper

Liverpool teleg.

1923 - 1940+

 

 

 

Stanford, James Henry

Ormeshead

1911 - 1921  (2nd Assistant)

     Senior Asst  Keeper

Lynas

1921 - 1923

     Assistant Keeper

North Wall

1923 - 1929  (Briefly at Lpool teleg.)

     Senior Asst Keeper

Lynas

1930 - 1937

     Keeper

Lynas

1937 - 1946  (Returned to Lpool tele)

 

 

 

Stirzaker, Thomas

Rock

1841 - 1842

     Keeper

Crosby

1842 - 1846  (Promoted Pier Master)

 

 

 

Thomas, John

Ormeshead

1903 - 1911  (2nd Assistant)

     Keeper

Ormeshead

1911 - 1912 

     Keeper

Bidston

1912 - 1913

     Assistant keeper

North Wall

1913 - 1913

     1st Assistant

Point Lynas

1913 - 1919 +

 

 

 

Trowsdale, Joseph

Lightship seaman

1869 - 1880

     Assistant Keeper

Hoylake upper

1880 - 1882

     Assistant Keeper

Ormeshead

1882 - 1885

     1st Assistant

Bidston

1885 - 1887  (Died)

 

 

 

Turner, Thomas

Dove Marks

1892 - 1899  (Assistant Keeper)

     Subordinate Mate

Lightships

1899 - 1901

     Assistant Keeper

North Wall

1901 - 1913  (Superann.)

 

 

 

Urmson, William

Bidston

1797 - 1835  (Keeper)

 

 

 

Urmson, Ann

Bidston

1835 - 1869  (Keeper) (Died)

 

 

 

Urmson, John

Bidston

1869 - 1872  (Principal Assistant)

 

 

 

Walker, Joseph, Lt.

Formby

1834 - 1836  (Drowned)

 

 

 

Wallace, John

Rock

1833 - 1834  (Dismissed)

 

 

 

Wallace, Thomas

Rock

1834 - 1834

     2nd Keeper

Rock

1834 - 1836

     1st Keeper

Rock

1836 - 1837

 

 

 

Wilding, Elizabeth

Bidston

1797 - 1800 (Keeper)

 

 

 

Wilding, Richard

Leasowe

1765? - 1771? (Keeper)

     Keeper

Bidston

1771? – 1797 (Died)

 

 

 

Williams, Hugh

North Wall

1887 - 1897  (Superann.)

 

 

 

Williams, Job

Messenger

1888 - 1892

     Assistant

South Stack tele.

1892 - 1896

     2nd Assistant

Ormeshead

1896 - 1900 (Resigned)

 

 

 

Williams, John/William

Rock

1830 - 1830 (Dismissed)

 

 

 

Williams, John Edward

Messenger

1919 - 1920

     Assistant Keeper

Hilbre telegraph

1920 - 1928

     Assistant Keeper

Liverpool teleg.

1928 - 1937

     Jnr.Asst. Keeper

Lynas

1937 - 1946

     Senior Assistant

Lynas

1946 - 1949 

     Keeper

Lynas

1949 - 1962

 

 

 

Williams, Mary Elizabeth

Leasowe

1894 - 1908 (LH closed)

 

 

 

Williams, Thomas

Dock Gateman

1868 - 1874

     Assistant Keeper

Ormeshead

1874 - 1882

     Assistant Keeper

Hoylake, upper

1882 - 1886 (LH closed)

     Keeper

Dove Marks

1886 - 1892

     Keeper

Leasowe

1892 - 1894 (Died)

 

 

 

Woods, Robert

Leasowe

    ?   - 1803  (Dismissed)

 

Notes.

(Died) means that the keeper was still serving when he died.

In the records names are sometimes spelled inconsistently, therefore the most common spelling has been used in this table.

Primary Sources

Liverpool Record Office

Transactions of the Historical Society of Lancashire and Cheshire.

Minutes of the Dock Committee, 1793 – 1850 (352 MIN/DOC I & II)

Minutes of the Select Finance Committee, 1797 – 1865 (352 MIN/FIN I & II)

Town Books, 1738 – 1792, microfilm  

Merseyside Maritime Museum

Lighthouses, Vol. I (WUP154)

Pilot Committee Meetings, 1779 – 1807 (MDHB/MP/14/1)

Extracts from Minutes of the Dock Committee, from 1699.  (MDHB/1/25)

Proceedings of the MDHB, 1784 – 1945 (MDHB/MP/1, et seq)

Minutes of the Marine Committee, 1855 – 1945 (MDHB/MP/13)

Register of Salaried Officers (MDHB/SW/1)

Marine Surveyor’s Letter Book (MDHB/M/S)