Past Meeting: Murchison, the Discovery of the Silurian and the Brecon Anticlinal Field Trip

Past Meeting: Murchison, the Discovery of the Silurian and the Brecon Anticlinal Field Trip

Sir Roderick Impey Murchison was one of the most important figures in 19th century geology and exploration. He was Director-General of the Geological Survey, President of the Royal Geographical Society and publicly known as the ‘King of Siluria’. In July 1831, on his first field season as a solo geologist, Murchison explored the Wye Valley. Retrospectively, over his diary entry for one of the locations we shall visit, he wrote “This was the first true Silurian”.