Dr Martin Gillespie

Leader, BGS Building Stones team

Location: Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 268

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  •  2010 – ongoing : Leader, BGS Building Stones team
  •  1991 – ongoing : British Geological Survey, Geologist
  •  1985 –1989 : University of St Andrews, PhD, Granite intrusions in the Himalaya
  •  1981 –1985 : University of Aberdeen, BSc (Hons) Geology & Mineralogy

Research interests

  • Building stone provenance, sourcing and decay
  • Deep geothermal energy in Scotland
  • Granite petrology and petrogenesis
  • Rock-water interaction, flow pathways and palaeohydrogeology


  • Characterisation and classification of rocks, fractures and faults
  • Granite petrology and petrogenesis
  • Project management
  • Taxonomy and semantics in geology
  • Transmitted and reflected light petrography

Current projects and collaboration

  • Building Stone Database of the UK
  • Deep geothermal energy potential in Scotland with AECOM for the Scottish Government
  • Geological survey & modelling for the Geological Office of Singapore Building and Construction Authority
  • Producing an online learning course in 'Essentials of Geoscience' for SAMS and University of the Highlands & Islands

Published outputs

  • NERC Open Research Archive - Dr Martin Gillespie
  • Appleby, SK, Gillespie, MR, Graham, CM, Hinton, RW, Oliver, GJH, Kelly, NM and EIMF. 2010. Do S-type granites commonly sample infracrustal sources? New results from an integrated O, U-Pb and Hf isotope study of zircon. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 160, 115-132.
  • Appleby, SK, Graham CM, Gillespie, MR, Hinton RW, Oliver, GMH and EIMF. 2008. A cryptic record of magma mixing in diorites revealed by high-precision SIMS oxygen isotope analysis of zircons. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 269, 105-117.
  • Auton, CA, Gillespie, MR and Smith, M. 2012. British Geological Survey 2012. Nairn 84E Scotland Sheet 84E Bedrock. 1: 50 000 Geology Series. 1:50000. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey.
  • Bateman, K, West, JM, Coombs, P, Gillespie, MR, Henney, PJ, Reeder, S and Milodowski, AE. 1998. Laboratory examination of microbial effects upon redox in a geological disposal site for radioactive waste. Mineralogical Magazine 62A(1), 124-125.
  • Gillespie, MR and Styles, MT. 1999. BGS Rock Classification Scheme, Volume 1: Classification of Igneous Rocks. British Geological Survey Research Report (2nd edition) RR 99-06.
  • Gillespie, MR, Barnes, RP and Milodowski, AE. 2011. British Geological Survey scheme for classifying discontinuities and fillings. British Geological Survey, 56pp. (RR/10/005).
  • Gillespie, MR, Campbell, SDG and Stephenson, D. 2012. BGS classification of lithodemic units: a classification of onshore Phanerozoic intrusions in the UK. British Geological Survey Research Report RR/12/01.
  • Gillespie, MR, Milodowski, AE, Shepherd, TJ, Bouch, JE, Chenery, CA, Chenery, SRN, McKervey, JA. 2003. The palaeohydrogeological evolution of the deep groundwater system from Sellafield (NW England), recorded by late-stage fracture-lining calcite (abstract). In: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 67(18S), pA120.
  • Gillespie, MR, Stephenson, D and Millward, D. 2008. BGS classification of lithodemic units: Proposals for classifying lithodemic units of intrusive rock. British Geological Survey Research Report RR/08/05.
  • Gillespie, MR. 1992. Potential for secondary iron oxyhydroxide minerals to retard radionuclide migration: a literature review and assessment. Nirex Safety Studies Research Report No. NSS/R294.
  • Hall, AM, Gillespie, MR, Thomas, CT and Ebert, K. 2012. Scottish Landform Examples: The Cairngorms - A Pre-glacial Upland Granite Landscape. Scottish Geographical Journal. 1-13. 10.1080/14702541.2012.728243
  • Key, RM, Loughlin, SC, Gillespie, MR, Del Rio, M, Horstwood, MSA, Crowley, QG, Darbyshire, DPF, Pitfield, PEJ and Henney, PJ. 2008. Two Mesoarchaean terranes in the Reguibat Shield of NW Mauritania. In: The Boundaries of the West African Craton, Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 297, 33-52.
  • Leslie, AG, Krabbendam, M and Gillespie, MR. 2012. BGS classification of lithodemic units: Proposals for classifying tectono-metamorphic units and mixed-class units. British Geological Survey Research Report RR/12/02.
  • Miles, AJ, Graham, CM, Gillespie, MR, Hawkesworth, CJ, Hinton RW and EIMF. 2013. Evidence for distinct stages of magma history recorded by the compositions of accessory apatite and zircon. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, DOI 10.1007/s00410-013-0862-9.
  • Milodowski, AE, Gillespie, MR, Naden, J, Fortey, NJ, Shepherd, TJ, Pearce, JM and Metcalfe, R. 1998. The petrology and paragenesis of fracture mineralization in the Sellafield area, west Cumbria. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, 52 (2), 215-241.
  • Schofield, DI and Gillespie, MR. 2007. A tectonic interpretation of "Eburnean terrane" outliers in the Reguibat Shield, Mauritania. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 49, 179-186.
  • Schofield, DI, Horstwood, MSA, Pitfield, PEJ, Gillespie, MR, Darbyshire, F, O’Connor, EA and Abdouloye, T B. 2011. U-Pb dating and Sm-Nd isotopic analysis of granitic rocks from the Tiris Complex: New constraints on key events in the evolution of the Reguibat Shield, Mauritania. Precambrian Research, 204-205, 1-11.
  • Tanner, PWG, Leslie, AG and Gillespie, MR. 2006. Structural setting and petrogenesis of the Ben Vuirich Granite Pluton of the Grampian Highlands: a pre-orogenic, rift-related intrusion. Scottish Journal of Geology, 42, 113-136.
  • Thomas, CW, Gillespie, MR, Jordan, CJ and Hall, AM. 2004. Geological structure and landscape of the Cairngorm Mountains. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 064 (ROAME No. F00AC103).
  • Waters, CN, Gillespie, MR, Smith, K, Auton, CA, Floyd, JD, Leslie, AG, Millward, D, Mitchell, WI, McMillan, AA, Stone, P, Barron, AJM, Dean, MT, Hopson, PM, Krabbendam, M, Browne, MAE, Stephenson, D, Akhurst, MC and Barnes, RP. 2007. Stratigraphical Chart of the United Kingdom: Northern Britain. British Geological Survey, 1 poster.