Ayrshire treasure hunters uncover Twynholm silver coins

Coins The coins were uncovered in a field near Twynholm shortly before Christmas

Related Stories

Two men have uncovered what is believed to be the biggest collection of medieval silver coins ever found using metal detectors in Scotland.

Gus Paterson and Derek McLennan, from Ayrshire, made the find in a field at Twynholm, near Kirkcudbright, shortly before Christmas.

After several return visits, their haul now tops 300 coins.

They will show them to local residents before handing them over to the Crown as treasure-trove.

Mr McLennan said they suspected the field would yield something interesting, but were on the verge of giving up when they first made the discovery.

Silver coins Metal detectors finally tracked down the coins in the field near Twynholm
Coins The two men had just about given up when they found the coins
Coins Since unearthing the first items, they have returned to find more
Coins The coins will be handed over as treasure trove

"We had done quite a lot of research and had targeted that particular area and we had searched several fields around it before we stumbled across it," he said.

"We had been searching for probably about five hours in atrocious weather with horizontal rain and 60mph gales.

"We were both feeling rather scunnered in the last field before we were heading for the car."

A final sweep, however, produced the desired results.

"I went in one direction and Gus went in the other and Gus was lucky enough to hit the first two coins," said Mr McLennan.

"There was jubilation all round as I'm sure you can imagine."

More on This Story

Related Stories

BBC South Scotland



Min. Night 2 °C


  • Mukesh SinghNo remorse

    Delhi bus rapist says victim shouldn't have fought back

  • Aimen DeanI spied

    The founder member of al-Qaeda who worked for MI6

  • Before and after shotsPerfect body

    Just how reliable are 'before and after' photos?

  • Woman with closed eyeStrange light show

    What do you see when you close your eyes?

  • Sony WalkmanLost ideas

    What has happened to Japan's inventors?

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.