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

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A metal detectorist found the treasure in a field in Dumfries and Galloway in 2014.

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.

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The hoard included a pectoral cross (Dumfries and Galloway Council/PA)

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.

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Derek McLennan, 47, holds ingots from a hoard of Viking treasure (Derek McLennan/PA)

“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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