Since the pioneering days of Peach, Horne and Clough the Lewisian Gneiss Complex has become a classic geological area, representing the first piece of gneissic crust recognized as preserving a section through lower crust. Because of its accessibility it has become a place where new hypotheses have been tried and tested with varying degrees of success and considerable controversy. Whilst there have been copious papers on the detailed geology and many summaries in the form of regional guides and book chapters, a series of modern memoirs as a data base on the Lewisian has been lacking. The lack of a...

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