Sandstone quarry sources for Edinburgh's buildings - locations and stratigraphy

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From: McMillan, A.A., Gillanders, R.J. and Fairhurst, J.A. 1999 Building stones of Edinburgh. 2nd edition. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Geological Society.


Quarry Location NGR Stratigraphy Status, Operator/Owners

(correct as at 1999)

Auchinlea Motherwell, Lanarkshire NS 809 591 Middle Coal Measures  
Baberton Edinburgh NT 193 699 Craigleith Sandstone, Gullane Formation  
Ballochmyle Mauchline, Ayrshire NS 499 265 Mauchline Sandstone  
Barnton Park Edinburgh NT 197 759 ? Craigleith Sandstone, Gullane Formation  
Bearford's Parks Edinburgh NT 255 740 approx. Craigleith Sandstone, Gullane Formation  
Binny Uphall, West Lothian NT 057 730 Binny Sandstone, West Lothian Oil-Shale Formation  
Bishopbriggs (Huntershill and Kenmure) Bishopbriggs NS 608 695 Bishopbriggs Sandstone, Upper Limestone Formation  
Black Pasture Hexham, Northumberland NY 931 698 Millstone Grit Active, Scottish Natural Stones Ltd.
Blair Culross, Fife NS 966 857 Passage Formation  
Blaxter Elsdon, Otterburn, Northumberland NY 931 873 Lower Limestone Group

(England)

Active, Tynecastle Stone (Haydens Northern)
Braehead Fauldhouse, West Lothian NS 919 601 Lower Coal Measures  
Broughton Edinburgh NT 260 745 approx. Craigleith Sandstone, Gullane Formation  
Burgh Muir (Meadows & Bruntsfield) Edinburgh NT 252 725 Kinnesswood Formation  
Carmyllie Arbroath NO 546 438 Dundee Formation  
Catcastle Lartington, Barnard Castle NZ 015 165 Millstone Grit Active, Dunhouse Quarry Company Ltd.
Clashach Hopeman, Moray NJ 162 701 Sandstone of Hopeman Active, Moray Stone Cutters
Closeburn Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway NX 892 910 Thornhill Sandstone Formation  
Clunevar Dunfermline, Fife NT 070 890 approx. Limestone Coal Formation  
Cocklaw Chollerford, Northumberland NY 938 703 Middle Limestone Group (England)  
Cockmuir West Lothian NT 067 765 Binny Sandstone, West Lothian Oil-Shale Formation  
Corncockle Lochmaben, Dumfries & Galloway NY 086 870 Corncockle Sandstone Formation Active: Onyx Contractors
Corsehill Annan, Dumfries & Galloway NY 206 700 St Bees Sandstone Formation Active: Onyx Contractors
Cragg Bellingham, Cumbria NY 820 850 Scremerston Coal Group(England) C & M Stone Products Ltd.
Craigcrook (Well Craig, Old Kenny, Stevenson's) Edinburgh NT 213 742 Craigleith Sandstone, Gullane Formation  
Craigiemill Edinburgh NT 182 763 Hailes Sandstone, West Lothian Oil-Shale Formation  
Craigleith Edinburgh NT 226 745 Craigleith Sandstone, Gullane Formation  
Craigmillar Edinburgh NT 285 709 Kinnesswood Formation  
Craigton West Lothian NT 076 769 Binny Sandstone, West Lothian Oil-Shale Formation  
Cullalo (several quarries) Aberdour, Fife NT184 874 Grange or Cullalo Sandstone, West Lothian Oil-Shale Formation  
Cutties Hillock (Quarry Wood) Elgin, Moray NJ 185 635 Sandstone of Cutties Hillock  
Dalachy Burntisland, Fife NT 209 863 Grange Sandstone, West Lothian Oil-Shale Formation  
Dalmeny West Lothian NT 165 777 Binny Sandstone, West Lothian Oil-Shale Formation  
Darney West Woodburn, Northumberland NY 910 870 Lower Limestone Group (England) Active, Natural Stone Products
Denwick Alnwick, Northumberland NU 210 146 Middle Limestone Group (England)  
Doddington Wooler, Northumberland NU 008 326 Fell Sandstone Group Active, Natural Stone Products
Dullatur Kilsyth NS 741 768 Bishopbriggs Sandstone, Upper Limestone Formation  
Dumbiedykes Edinburgh NT 265 732 Ballagan Formation  
Dunhouse (or Dunn House) Staindrop, County Durham NZ 114 195 Millstone Grit Active, Dunhouse Quarry Company Ltd.
Dunmore (New) Cowie, Stirling NS 859 882 ? Cowie Rock, Upper Limestone Formation Active, Scottish Natural Stones Ltd.
Dunmore (Old) Cowie, Stirling NS 838 885 ? Cowie Rock, Upper Limestone Formation  
Fairloans Hawick NY 595 968 Larriston Sandstone, Border Group  
Fordell (possibly Millstonemeadow) Fife NT 156 849 ?Grange Sandstone, West Lothian Oil-Shale Formation  
Gatelawbridge(Newton Quarry) Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway NX 902 965 Thornhill Sandstone Formation Active, Scottish Natural Stones Ltd.
Giffnock, Braidbar Quarries Glasgow NS 568 593 Giffnock Sandstone, Upper Limestone Formation  
Glanton Pike Northumberland NU 063 146 Fell Sandstone Group  
Grange Burntisland, Fife NT 223 867 Grange Sandstone, West Lothian Oil-Shale Formation  
Granton (Land and Sea Quarries) Edinburgh NT 221 772 Craigleith Sandstone, Gullane Formation  
Greenbrae Hopeman, Moray NJ 137 692 Sandstones of Hopeman  
Gunnerton Gunnerton, Northumberland NY 917 764 Middle Limestone Group (England)  
Hailes Edinburgh NT 208 706 Hales Sandstone, West Lothian Oil-Shale Formation  
Hawkhill Wood Edinburgh NT 291 711 Kinnesswood Formation  
Hermand West Calder, West Lothian NT 029 635 Binny Sandstone, West Lothian Oil-Shale Formation  
Heworthburn Felling, Tyne and Wear NZ 285 616 Middle Coal Measures  
Hopetoun White Quarry Hopetoun Wood, West Lothian NT 073 773 Binny Sandstone, West Lothian Oil-Shale Formation  
Humbie West Lothian NT 109 757 Binny Sandstone, West Lothian Oil-Shale Formation  
Humble, Aberdour Aberdour, Fife NT198 862 ?Grange Sandstone, West Lothian Oil-Shale Formation  
Joppa Edinburgh NT 314 730 Upper Limestone Formation  
Lazonby: Stoneraise Quarry Penrith, Cumbria NY 533 358 Penrith Sandstone Formation Active: Block Stone Ltd. (Realstone Ltd.)
Lazonby Fell Quarry Penrith, Cumbria NY 517 380 Penrith Sandstone Formation Cumbria Stone Quarries Ltd.
Leoch Tayside NO 359 361 Dundee Formation  
Locharbriggs Locharbriggs, Dumfries & Galloway NX 990 810 Locharbriggs Sandstone Formation Active, Baird & Stevenson (Quarrymasters) Ltd.
Longannet Longannet, Fife NS 950 857 Passage Formation  
Maidencraig (Blackball; Gibb's Quarry) Edinburgh NT 223 745 Craigleith Sandstone, Gullane Formation  
Milknock Bellingham, Northumberland NY 880 794 Scremerston Coal Group(England)  
Moat Moat, Longtown NY 398 738 St Bees Sandstone Formation  
Myreton Dundee NO 442 372 Dundee Formation  
Newbigging Burntisland, Fife NT 211 864 Grange Sandstone, West Lothian Oil-Shale Formation Active, Scottish Natural Stones Ltd.
Niddrie Edinburgh NT 308 719 Limestone Coal Formation  
Pasturehill Northumberland NU 192 293 Lower Limestone Group(England)  
Plean (Blackcraig Quarry) Stirling NS 825 861 Bishopbriggs Sandstone, Upper Limestone Formation  
Polmaise Stirling NS 836 892 Cowie Rock, Upper Limestone Formation  
Prudham (& Purdovan) Fourstones, Hexham, Northumberland NY 886 689 Middle Limestone Group(England)  
Quarry Close Edinburgh NT 261 730 Gullane Formation  
Quarry Holes (Nether) Leith NT 270 753 ?Ravelston Sandstone, Gullane Formation  
Quarry Holes(Upper) Edinburgh NT 275 753 Craigleith Sandstone, Gullane Formation  
Ravelston Black Edinburgh NT 212 736 Ravelston Sandstone, Gullane Formation  
Ravelston No.2 (Rosie's Quarry) Edinburgh NT 214 736 Ravelston Sandstone, Gullane Formation  
Ravelston Quarry(Old), north of Ravelston House Edinburgh NT 216 742 Craigleith Sandstone, Gullane Formation  
Redhall Edinburgh NT 215 701 Hailes Sandstone, West Lothian Oil-Shale Formation  
Salisbury: Camstone Quarry Edinburgh NT 271 734 Ballagan Formation  
Sands Kincardine NS 949 864 Passage Formation  
Society Edinburgh NT257 733 Ballagan Formation  
Spittal No.1 Watten, Caithness ND172 540 Upper Caithness Flagstone Group Active, A & D Sutherland
Spittal No.2 Watten, Caithness ND166 545 Upper Caithness Flagstone Group Active, Caithness Stone Industries Ltd.
Springwell Gateshead, Tyne and Wear NZ283 586 Middle Coal Measures Active, Natural Stone Quarries Ltd.
Spynie Elgin, Moray N1222 657 Sandstone of Spynie Active, Moray Stone Cutters
Stainton County Durham NZ070 189 Millstone Grit Active, Natural Stone Products
Stancliffe Darley Dale, Derbyshire SK267 638 Millstone Grit Stancliffe Stone Company Ltd.
Stanton Moor: Stanton-in-Peak SK249 642 Millstone Grit Active, Realstone plc
Palmer's/Dale View Stanton-in-Peak SK249 645   Block Stone Ltd.
New Pillough Birchover Birchover, Matlock SK242 624   Natural Stone Products, Ennstone plc
Stoke Hall Eyam, Derbyshire SK237 770 Millstone Grit Active, Stoke Hall Quarry Ltd.
Stonegunn Castletown, Caithness ND157 659 Upper Caithness Flagstone Group Active, Caithness Stone Industries Ltd.
Straiton Edinburgh N1274 665 West Lothian Oil-Shale Formation  
Swinton Greenlaw, Berwickshire NT853 484 Cementstone Group  
Wattscliffe Elton, Matlock SK222 622 Millstone Grit Active, Block Stone Ltd (Realstone Ltd.)
Wellfield (Crossland Hill) Crossland Hill, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire 5E118 143 Rough Rock, Millstone Grit Active, Johnsons Wellfield Quarries Ltd.
Whitsome Newton Greenlaw, Berwickshire NT854 486 Cementstone Group  
Woodburn (also Parkhead) West Woodburn, Northumberland NY902 858 Lower Limestone Group(England)  
Woodkirk Morley, Yorkshire SE268 263 Middle Coal Measures Active, Pawson Brothers Ltd