KAVANAH, JAMES *
- Born: - Died: 1903
Stonemason, who worked on the construction of the Fastnet lighthouse. According to Thomas Williams, the biographer of the Fastnet's designer, WILLIAM DOUGLASS ,(1) James Kavanah 'lived on the rock, by his own desire, continuously from ten to twelve months each each year from August 1896 to June 1903, and set every one of the two thousand and seventy-four stones of the tower with his own hands.' He died a few days after coming ashore in June 1903.
(1) Life of William Douglass, M.Inst.C.E. formerly engineer-in-chief to the Commissioners of Irish Lights by the author of the 'Life of Sir James Nicholas Douglass [Thomas Williams]' (Privately published, 1923), on-line version at http://pharology.eu/resources/Douglass.pdf