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Arbuthnott-Garvock Group
Stratigraphic range: ?Lochkovian-Pragian, (Devonian)
Type Group
Unit of Old Red Sandstone Supergroup
Sub-units Catterline Conglomerate, Scone Sandstone, Craighall Conglomerate, Ruchil Flagstone and Craig of Monievreckie Conglomerate formations
Underlies Cromlix Mudstone Formation of Strathmore Group
Overlies Crawton Volcanic Formation and other units
Thickness 2400 - 3150m
Lithology
Primary sandstone
Other mudstone, siltstone, conglomerate
Location
Region Argyll, Fife, Angus, Aberdeenshire
Country Scotland
Extent along northern margin of Central Lowlands, south of Highland Boundary Fault from Kintyre to Aberdeenshire
Type section
Named for Arbuthnott and Hill of Garvock near Laurencekirk, both in Aberdeenshire

The Arbuthnott-Garvock Group (or Arbuthnot-Garvock Group) is a Devonian lithostratigraphic group (a sequence of rock strata) in central Scotland. The name is derived from the village of Arbuthnott in Aberdeenshire and the Hill of Garvock near Laurencekirk. The group comprises the previously separate overlying Garvock Group and the underlying Arbuthnott Group.

Outcrops

These rocks are exposed in the west in southern Kintyre between Campbeltown and Southend and in an arcuate belt between Machrie and Sannox on the Isle of Arran. They occur in a southwest–northeast trending belt parallel to and just south of the Highland Boundary Fault between Helensburgh and Blairgowrie via Aberfoyle and Callander and as far as the southern edge of Stonehaven on the Scottish east coast. An extensive area in the east between Stonehaven and Dundee is underlain by these rocks including the Brechin, Forfar and Arbroath areas. A further belt of country between Forfar and Dunblane through Perth and extending into northern Fife is underlain by these rocks.

Lithology and stratigraphy

The Group comprises numerous formations including the Catterline Conglomerate, Scone Sandstone, Craighall Conglomerate, Ruchil Flagstone and Craig of Monievreckie Conglomerate formations laid down during the Lochkovian to Pragian stages of the Devonian Period.

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