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17:35  15 september  2019
17:35  15 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The Church of Scotland is taking legal action for a share of a Viking hoard worth almost £ 2 million found on land it owns. Metal detectorist Derek McLennan uncovered the 10th-century hoard , which includes silver bracelets and brooches, a gold ring, an enamelled Christian cross and a bird-shaped

Edinburgh-based National Museums Scotland was given six months to raise £ 1.98 million for the hoard , or else risk losing the 'unparalleled' set of Britain's biggest haul of Viking treasures with hundreds of stunning artefacts of 'global significance' will be displayed in Scotland after £ 2 million is

Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard © Dumfries and Galloway Council A bird pin from the Viking hoard (Dumfries and Galloway Council/PA)

The Church of Scotland is taking legal action for a share of a Viking hoard worth almost £2 million found on land it owns.

Metal detectorist Derek McLennan uncovered the 10th-century hoard, which includes silver bracelets and brooches, a gold ring, an enamelled Christian cross and a bird-shaped gold pin, in a Dumfries and Galloway field in 2014.

National Museums Scotland raised £1.98 million to acquire the treasure trove of items for the nation.

Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard © Provided by The Press Association The hoard included a pectoral cross (Dumfries and Galloway Council/PA)

Rules on discoveries in Scotland mean only the finder receives payment, differing from the rest of the UK, where awards are split with the land owner.

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Fiona Hyslop, the Scottish culture secretary, noted that the Galloway Hoard "is one of the most important collections ever discovered in Scotland "It can be confirmed the general trustees of the Church of Scotland have raised an action against Derek McLennan," a spokesman for the church

A TREASURE hunter is being sued by the Church of Scotland over a record £ 2 million haul of Viking relics he The metal detector buff is now facing a legal challenge in Edinburgh over claims he failed to respond to church The hoard has been handed over to National Museums ScotlandCredit: Handout.

But it was reported at the time the church would share in the proceeds.

Church trustees are now taking legal action at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

A Church of Scotland spokesman said: “It can be confirmed the general trustees of the Church of Scotland have raised an action against Derek McLennan.

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Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard
Church of Scotland raises claim for share of £2 million Viking hoard

“As that is now a matter before the court it would be inappropriate for us to provide any further commentary at this time.”

Mr McLennan has been contacted for comment.

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