Keen treasure hunter Derek McLennan is a former businessman who hails from Ayrshire in southwest Scotland. And on this particular day, he was standing in a field with two friends when his metal detector started beeping. But little did McLennan know that sheer euphoria awaited below the ground for the three of them.
However, this find might never have come to pass. In fact, on this morning in September 2014, McLennan had awoke feeling rather unwell. But he’d already promised two friends – fellow detectorists Rev. Dr. David Bartholomew and Mike Smith, a Pentecostal pastor – that he would go treasure hunting.
After all, when it came to finding buried treasure, McLennan already had something of a track record. In fact, in 2013 he and another friend, Gus Paterson, had discovered a huge hoard of more than 300 medieval silver coins near Twynholm, Scotland. Was that extraordinary piece of luck about to repeat itself?