The BGS Lexicon of Named Rock Units — Result Details

Knox Pulpit Sandstone Formation

Computer Code: KPF Preferred Map Code: notEntered
Status Code: Full
Age range: Late Devonian Epoch (DU) — Late Devonian Epoch (DU)
Lithological Description: A soft, weakly-cemented, white, feldspathic sandstone, characterised by a marked variation in grain-size between adjacent laminae. The Knox Pulpit Sandstone Formation is probably continuous with the redundant Kemback Formation.
Definition of Lower Boundary: Passes downwards into the Glenvale Sandstone Formation, or the Dura Den Member in the Cupar area. The formation is distinguished from those adjacent by characteristic sedimentary structures.
Definition of Upper Boundary: Drawn at the conformable upward passage from the white or cream sandstones of the Knox Pulpit Sandstone Formation to the white, yellow or brown sandstones of the Kinnesswood Formation.
Thickness: Up to 180m thick in the Lomond Hills area.
Geographical Limits: The Fife and Kinross area of the Midland Valley of Scotland, on sheets 40, 48, 49.
Parent Unit: Stratheden Group (SAG)
Previous Name(s): Gargunnock Sandstone [Obsolete Name And Code: Use KPF for the top part, SCK for the lower part] (GKS)
Knox Pulpit Formation (-2273)
Alternative Name(s): none recorded or not applicable
Stratotypes:
Type Section  Glen Burn, Lomond Hills, Fife, Scotland. 
Type Area  John Knox's Pulpit, Lomond Hills, Fife, Scotland. 
Reference(s):
Paterson, I B and Hall, I H S, 1986. Lithostratigraphy of the late Devonian and early Carboniferous rocks in the Midland Valley of Scotland. British Geological Survey Report, 18/3. 
Chisholm, J I and Dean, J M, 1974. The Upper Old Red Sandstone of Fife and Kinross: A fluviatile sequence with evidence of marine incursion. Scottish Journal of Geology, Vol. 10, 1-30. 
Cameron, I B and Stephenson, D, 1985. British Regional Geology: The Midland Valley of Scotland (3rd Edition). (London: HMSO for British Geological Survey). 
Browne, M A E, Smith, R A and Aitken, A M. 2001. A lithostratigraphical framework for the Devonian (Old Red Sandstone) rocks of Scotland south of a line from Fort William to Aberdeen. Version 3. British Geological Survey Research Report RR/01/04. 
1:50K maps on which the lithostratigraphical unit is found, and map code used:
S040 S048 S049 S048 S039 S040