Edinburgh

Scope and Content

Comprising an overview of the geology of Edinburgh district (Palaeozoic), and history of the formations given to club members by Edward Bailey; details of short lecture on the Assynt District given by Mr Horne; details of procession to Castle Hill, Calton Hill where part of Arthur’s seat is preserved, Holyrood park to Salisbury crags and St Leonards Crag (pages 9-31); details of walk from Holyrood Palace to Hunter’s bog to examine the structure and features of the vacuum sills and lava flows including Salisbury Crag teshenite and Camstone quarry, St Anthony’s well, Long Row, Lion’s head and Lions haunch, and Arthur’s Seat including a discussion of lavas and sediments (pages 33-43); details of visit from Balerno to visit Ravelrig quarry by JB Wooley, with Mr Campbell giving a sketch of the geology of the Pentlands, including a sketch (pages 45-59); details of the geology of Blackford Park and hill caves by NL Falcon, Agassic Rock and a sketch of the notice board in front of it, Braid Hills, including a sketch, Hunter’s Tryst, the ascent of Caerketton Hill where the geological division of the surrounding country was obtained, and Bonaly reservoir (pages 61-71); account of expedition from Waverley Train station to Port Seton, along the coast to Aberslady by Lawrence Wager, with descriptions of millstone grit and coals (pages 73-89); account of excursion to St Andrews to view the Volcanic necks of East Fife, with Mr David Balsillie (teaching assistant at St Andrews and Dundee University), including details of limestone series and faults and examination of sections from the beach, and details of the geology of the Rock and Spindle (pages 91-107); descriptions of group excursion by Maurice Black, led by Mr David Tait (fossil collector at Geological Survey) examining the Burdiehouse limestone at the southern end of the Forth Bridge, including details of oil shale, marine fossils beds, dolerite intrusions, shrimp beds (from which large blocks were brought back to the Sedgwick Musuem), and the Eagle Rock, Cramond (carved by Roman Soliders) including diagrams of sections from Forth Bridge to Whitehouse Point, the sequence of beds exposed, the transgressive instrusions of white-trap, showing fingering into the shales, and the transgressive sill of quartz dolerite at Hound Point (pages 109-123).

Administrative / Biographical History

  • April 9th, Thursday: Royal Scottish Museum, Castle Hill, Calton Hill, Holyrood Park, Salisbury Crags, St Leonard’s Crag.
  • April 10th Friday: Holyrood Palace.
  • April 11th Saturday: Balerno, visit Ravelrig quarry.
  • April 12th Sunday: Blackford Park, Agassic rock, Caerketton, Bonaly Reservoir.
  • April 13th Monday: Coast section from Port Seton to Aberslady.
  • April 14th Tuesday: Volcanic necks of East Fife.
  • April 15th Wednesday: Coast section East of the Forth Bridge.

Geographical Names