The BGS Lexicon of Named Rock Units — Result Details

Wemyss Bay Sandstone Formation

Computer Code: WEM Preferred Map Code: WEM
Status Code: Pending Upgrade
Age range: Late Devonian Epoch (DU) — Late Devonian Epoch (DU)
Lithological Description: Cross-bedded, fine-grained red-brown sandstone.
Definition of Lower Boundary: Base not seen.
Definition of Upper Boundary: Disconformably succeeded by the Skelmorlie Conglomerate Formation.
Thickness: About 50 m thick.
Geographical Limits: The Wemyss Bay area, Sheet 29.
Parent Unit: Stratheden Group (SAG)
Previous Name(s): Wemyss Bay Formation (-3125)
Alternative Name(s): none recorded or not applicable
Stratotypes:
Type Area  Coast at Wemyss Bay, Sheet 29E, Dunoon. 
Reference(s):
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. 
Bluck, B J. 1978. Sedimentation in a late orogenic basin; the Old Red Sandstone of the Midland Valley of Scotland. American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Memoirs No.12. 
Paterson, I B, Hall, I H S & Stephenson, D. 1990. Geology of the Greenock district: Memoir for 1:50000 geological sheet 30W and part of sheet 29E (Scotland). 
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. 
1:50K maps on which the lithostratigraphical unit is found, and map code used:
S029 S030