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US NewsChurch of Scotland sues metal detector hobbyist for share of £2m Viking hoard

05:10  16 september  2019
05:10  16 september  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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The Church of Scotland is suing a metal detector enthusiast for a share of the near £ 2 m value of a 1,000-year-old Viking treasure trove. The Galloway Hoard was discovered buried in a field by a metal detectorist in 2014. (Photo: National Museums Scotland ). In an unusual legal test of the adage

The Church of Scotland is suing a metal detector for a share of the £ 2 million Viking treasure hoard he discovered on its land. Derek McLennan uncovered a stunning find of gold, silver and religious items in a Dumfries and Galloway field five years ago. The impressive ‘Galloway Hoard ’, thought to have

Church of Scotland sues metal detector hobbyist for share of £2m Viking hoard © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

In an unusual legal test of the adage “finders keepers”, the Church of Scotland has confirmed that it is suing a metal detector enthusiast for a share of the near £2 million value of a 1,000-year-old Viking treasure trove.

The collection of more than 100 objects was found by Derek McLennan at an undisclosed location in Galloway in 2014. It is now on a tour after the National Museums of Scotland raised £1.98m to buy the hoard.

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When the existence of the collection, which dates from the 10th century and includes spectacular gold and silver artefacts, was first revealed it was reported that it had been found on land owned by Scotland’s national church, also known as the Kirk, after Mr McLennan secured permission to search the location.

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A man who found a hoard of Viking treasure is being sued by the Church of Scotland . The "historically significant" collection was discovered in 2014 by amateur metal - detector enthusiast Derek McLennan. It has been described as the largest Viking hoard found in modern history, and now

In 2014, a hoard of Viking treasure was discovered in a churchyard in Galloway, Scotland . The Reverend David Bartholomew, a friend who is a pastor of the church , the church elders, and the trustees of the Church of Scotland have not been able to reach McLennan causing them to finally file

Unlike the rest of the UK, Scots law awards the proceeds of any artefacts officially declared to be “treasure” solely to the finder, rather than requiring the splitting of any financial value with the owner of the land.

Share of the proceeds

However, action filed by the Kirk in Scotland's Court of Session contends that its agreement with Mr McLennan allowing him to search its land entitles it to a share of the proceeds from the Galloway Hoard.

Derek McLennan the metal detectorist who unearthed a hoard of Viking artefacts in Dumfries & Galloway.

Church of Scotland sues metal detector hobbyist for share of £2m Viking hoard © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

A spokesperson for the Church said: “We can confirm that the General Trustees of the Church of Scotland have raised an action against Derek McLennan.

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A treasure hunter is being sued by the Church of Scotland over a Viking hoard worth almost £ 2 m which he found on its land. The 52-year-old metal detectorist sold the trove to National Museums Scotland for £ 1.98 million three years later, making it the most valuable Viking haul ever discovered

The Church of Scotland is suing a man for a share of a .5 million. Viking treasure trove. he discovered with a metal detector on church land in 2014.

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

Disc brooches

The intricate workmanship of the objects in the 1,000-year-old hoard, which includes disc brooches and a rare bird-shaped pin, is unique in Britain for the sheer variety of objects ranging from jewellery to fragments of textiles and wood.

Dr Martin Goldberg, principal curator of medieval archaeology at the National Museums of Scotland, said: “Nothing like this has ever been found in Scotland.”

'Extremely proud'

Mr McLennan did not respond to requests to comment on the legal action.

Speaking in 2016 about the significance of his find, he said: “The iconic make-up of the hoard and the potential history behind it, with links to Iona and the Book of Kells, make our bond to the Church of Scotland even stronger.

"I am extremely proud of this discovery.”

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Church of Scotland sues metal detector hobbyist for share of £2m Viking hoard

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